Tuesday, April 28, 2015

 
OVERALL NUMBERS DOWN BUT SOME POLLING PLACES WERE UP
 
Today 665 people voted early.  The numbers were up at UTB and the Health Center, but down everywhere else.  In 2011,  there were 5,962 early votes.  It is any one's guess if we will hit that number this time around.  People just are not interested in the election. 

The good news is, in spite of itself Brownsville will continue to grow, regardless of who wins.

 The next two big issues we will face is the hospital taxing district, which I oppose, and the LNG development.  The gulf is nearly dead as it is. The dead zone gets bigger and bigger every year.  It has become a challenge to get gulf shrimp even on SPI.  Everyone knows I am pro business.  I take a lot of hits over my support for Tenaska.  But on the LNG issue - when do we stop and think about the gulf -after it is a 100% dead zone?  My mind is still open to the issue, but it is going to take a lot of selling by the federal government to get me to support anything which could cause even more damage to the gulf.  Personally I would shut down all commercial fishing until the gulf is restored and end all new drilling. 

THE HERALD ACTUALLY DID A VERY GOOD JOB IN STARTING A DISCUSSION ON LNG DEVELOPMENT

LNG development can lead to acid rain and damage to a major industry in the LRGV.  We need to know how an increase in acid rain will impact our crops.  You do not destroy one industry to develop another.  The Herald article was actually very balanced and provided me the information I needed to make the acid rain connection..

I will stay on top of this.  I really need to educate myself on the science of it all so I can do a more informative post.  But I have dealt with acid rain before.  It was a major international issue between the US and Canada over 20 years ago.  The Port of Brownsville is a perfect laboratory for the development of acid rain if LNG plants are built.

Our farmers need to get educated.  They could be the key to changing the direction on LNG development at the port.

Guys, the gulf is dying.  It should be declared a national disaster area - but the oil industry has too much power to allow for that. If we do not begin to stand up for the gulf now, it will be dead in our lifetime.  We really do not want to add acid rain to the gulf.

2 comments:

Chris Davis said...

I'm pleased to see the BCHC early voting site gain steam as a polling place. Hopefully, it can be an EV mainstay for many election cycles to come.

BobbyWC said...

I think word got out and more people went to vote. Hope things are going well for you and your family

Bobby WC