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Smells Like Texas

by Gregory Palast Monday, Jun. 18, 2001 at 5:35 PM

It's the polluters, not the polluted, who've had Bush's ear in Texas. Now the smell is spreading...

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Smells Like Texas
      by Gregory Palast
      Republished W/ Author's Permission From The Observer (London)
  Hold Your Nose! It's the polluters, not the polluted, who've had Bush's ear in Texas. The results are hardly surprising. Now the smell is spreading quickly to the rest of the country.

Ah, the smell of Texas in the morning!



What I'm smelling is a combination of hydrogen sulphide and some other, unidentifiable toxic gunk.


According to LaNell Anderson, real estate agent, what I'm smelling is a combination of hydrogen sulphide and some other, unidentifiable toxic gunk. We've pulled up across from a pond on Houston's ship channel, home of the biggest refinery and chemical complex in America, owned by Exxon-Mobil. The pond is filled with benzene residues, a churning, burbling goop. Though there's a little park nearby, this is not a bucolic swimming hole. Rather, imagine your toilet backed up, loaded, churning and ripe

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