The disaster in Houston stems from a legacy of pollution and under regulation.
The original oil boom in the US began in Houston. Carbon pollution from extractive institutes created the super charged storm that decimated the city.
Lax zoning regulations and developers running rough shod over basic building standards created a situation with inadequate drainage and water retention. The boomburg mentality of “build everywhere” came at the price of no open land to absorb water and no natural estuaries to collect
Houston is a man made disaster. Now the thousands of chemical conglomerates will spew pollution into the air and water in the chaos.
Chevron Phillips Chemical reported that it released more than 745,000 pounds of contaminants into the air as it shut down its plant in Baytown, Texas.