The cattle have been sold. The land is so parched that thunderstorms evaporate. It makes do difference to a destroyed land if there are oil spills and gas explosions unless human beings are in the path and die. Otherwise, what damage can a pipeline do?
APNewsBreak: Drought costs Texas $8B in ag losses (click title to entry - thank you)
March 21, 2012, 5:17PM ET
The driest year in Texas history caused a record $7.62 billion in agriculture losses, billions more than previously estimated, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service said Wednesday.
The new total for 2011, provided to The Associated Press before its public release, is about $2.42 billion more than an August estimate that had already topped the 2006 record of $4.1 billion in drought-related losses.
Texas is the nation's No. 3 producer of agricultural products behind California and Iowa, so when crops and cattle fail in the Lone Star State, prices can be expected to rise nationally, said David Anderson, an agricultural economist at Texas A&M University....Stupidity dies hard in the USA, especially when it is so obvious one sincerely worries about their lives! Last year the summer in Texas and Oklahoma saw trains that could only crawl along their tracks because of the fear of warped, hot rails, sidewalks exploded and all forms of livestock were sold for fear they could not water the stock long enough to get them to market later. Earth finally made an impression on oil men that denied they created their own hell! Evidently, Hamm has't got the message his peers seem to be now clinging to.