This is a telling little graphic. It shows the relative levels of industrial mercury emissions in the United States. Notice how the scale stops at 6,000 Lbs/year…with one exception: The Lone Star State—a state that needs a category all its own to cover the mind boggling 11,722 Lbs of mercury it dumps into the environment; an amount almost double that of the next highest polluter; per-capita, 178 times more mercury than California manages to produce.
One wonders if Texas’ prick of a Governor, Rick Perry, is proud of this little statistic. On more than one occasion, he has trumpeted Texas’ disregard for existing, and opposition to new, federal pollution control regulations.
So don’t mess with Texas, or state officials will come to your home and dump your share of toxic mercury right on your front lawn.