Proposition 6 is Rick Perry crony slush fund


Alyssa Burgin, Executive Director, Texas Drought Project wrote the following opinion about Proposition 6. And, if anyone knows the ins and outs of drought, it’s Alyssa.

water canaryThe Texas Drought Project opposes Proposition 6, which takes $2 billion from the Rainy Day fund to ‘salt’ loans managed by the Texas Water Development Board. Twenty percent is presumably allotted for conservation, and conservation is a good thing, but–in the two-and-a-half-inch thick Texas Water plan, only one paragraph is devoted to conservation, and the language, which states that the Water Board “shall undertake to apply” funds to conservation rather than “shall apply”–is not a typo.

Consider who’s funding the PR campaign–Dow Chemical, the Koch brothers, O&G–profiteers who would drain Texas dry for a tidy fortune. The new TWDB board reflects their influence–all Perry cronies, including the co-owner of Perry’s O&G company. These high-salaried newcomers will decide where the money is spent.

Remember–all the money in the world won’t fill reservoirs that sit at 0.0% (Lake Meredith), 4.2% (Medina), 5.6% (Palo Duro) or Travis (32%). Areas in which reservoirs suffer high evaporation rates will lose even more water as temperatures rise with climate change. Logically, the only places where it would be of benefit to build reservoirs would be in areas where they’re already full. And what would be the purpose, other than to build them for the specific intention of piping water to other areas–thirsty big cities where elected officials have been unable to institute real conservation or implement serious drought restrictions. Why should we as taxpayers bear the cost of more water for “addicts” whose addiction to cheap water is out of control? Should the TWDB pick winners and losers? Don’t small towns and rural areas, bays and rural ecosystems ‘deserve’ to keep their own water, without profiteers piping it to sprawling population centers–for big dollars–or using it for their own enterprises?

We strongly urge a “no” vote on Proposition 6.

Alyssa Burgin

Additional information:

From the Texas Drought Project Voter Guide:

Information about Perry’s crony appointments to the TWDB and about the water used for fracking:

Earthworks does not have a position on Prop 6 but I will be voting against it.

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  1. says

    The Save Our Springs Alliance in Austin opposes Prop 6.

    The following support Prop6 (notice any difference?)
    Abilene Chamber of Commerce
    ACEC Central Texas
    ACEC Texas
    Alan Plummer Associates. Inc.
    Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce
    Alliance of Energy Producers
    American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas
    Annex VenturesAqua Water Supply CorporationArlington Chamber of CommerceAssociation of Electric Companies of Texas
    Association of Water Board Directors
    Austin Chamber of Commerce
    Averitt & Associates
    Baer Engineering and Environmental Consulting
    Balanced Energy for Texas
    The Beer Alliance of Texas
    BPBrown & Gay Engineers, Inc.Center
    Point Energy
    CH2M Hill
    CJ Parham Treadway
    Clear Water Renewal
    Dallas Regional Chamber
    The Dow Chemical Company
    Ducks Unlimited
    El Paso Chamber of Commerce
    Environment Texas
    Focused Advocacy
    Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
    Freese & Nichols
    Garland Chamber of Commerce
    Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
    Greater Houston Partnership
    Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
    Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
    The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
    Guadalupe Basin Coalition
    HALFF Associates, Inc
    Holt Cat
    Houston Real Estate Council
    Houstonians For Responsible Growth
    Independent Bankers Association of Texas
    Independent Electrical Contractors of Texas
    Jackson WalkerJones-Heroy Associates, Inc.
    Joey Park
    John Burke
    Jones-Heroy Associates, Inc.
    Kip Averitt
    League of Women Voters of Texas
    Licensed Beverage Distributors
    LINN Energy
    Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend
    Marathon Oil
    Metropolitan Water Company, LP
    MetroTex Association of Realtors
    Mexican American Democrats
    Mike Nasi
    North American Coal Corporation
    North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
    North Texas Commission
    Northwest Tarrant Chamber of Commerce
    Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce
    Patrick, Miller & Kropf
    The RosewoodCorporation
    Phillips 66
    Revolution Spirits Distilling Co.
    San Antonio River Authority
    Sarah and Jason McElvaney
    Shell Oil
    SouthWest Water Company
    State Bar of Texas—Environmental SectionTexas Alliance of Water Providers
    Texas Association of Builders
    Texas Association of Business
    Texas Association of Manufacturers
    Texas Association of Realtors
    Texas Business Leadership Council
    Texas Chemical Council
    Texas Corn Producers
    Texas Electric Cooperatives
    Texas Farm Bureau
    Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners
    Texas Medical Association
    Texas Mining and Reclamation Association
    Texas Nature Conservancy
    Texas Oil & Gas Association
    Texas Outdoor Partners
    Texas Pipeline Association PAC
    Texas Seed Trade Association
    Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
    Texas State Association of Firefighters
    Texas Westmoreland Coal Company
    Texas Wildlife Association
    The Real Estate Council of Austin
    The Real Estate Council of San Antonio
    The Real Estate Council
    The Wimberly Valley Republican Group
    Trinity Improvement Association
    Tyler Chamber of Commerce

    • Tim Ruggiero says

      Forgot one: Texas Railroad Commission. Okay, maybe not the actual Commission itself, but every Commissioner is tweeting out their support. Same same.

        • Tim Ruggiero says

          I fear you’re right about that. Perhaps retaining this list and bringing it out later when the water dries up might be in order. When any of these companies or people associated with them start crying, that’s when we get to stick up our hand and say, “You supported this Proposition with your vote and money, there’s no crying from you about it now.”

  2. Anymous says

    I voted AGAINST this proposition–in fact, I voted against every one of them.
    Folks, get out and vote against the propositions.

  3. kimfeil says

    TEXAS ENVIRONMENT WRITES>>>>>the confusion about the relationship between the $6 billion in TWDB bonding authority and the $2 billion commitment in Proposition 6 has come up several times, both during session and since. The $6 billion authorization is simply capacity for local entities to borrow through the TWDB, while the $2 billion is actual direct assistance from the state to help fund the cost of the projects these local entities undertake.

    A good analogy would be between having a line of credit at a store (the $6 billion authorization) and actual cash to buy things at the store (the $2 billion). In order to fund the state’s water needs as envisioned in the State Water Plan, both the bond capacity and the state’s assistance need to work together.

    Why the $6 billion in authority has not been tapped yet: a major part of the reason is that because of the budget situation in 2011, the state committed very little general revenue to support new projects. That is part of problem with relying on general revenue to support projects: it has usually been a relatively small amount, and has always been sporadic and subject to competing demands in the budget. The lack of funds in 2011 slowed the pace of projects, because there wasn’t as much value in borrowing through TWDB, particularly for larger entities. But the $6 billion will still be used, as soon as the other authorizations for TWDB debt are exhausted.

    • says

      None of that changes the fact that the plan is flawed and will be a slush fund for Perry cronies. This is not the way to fix our water problems.

    • ZacH2O says

      Just think of it as “global un-cooling”, if the lexicon is the problem. The issues here are still: we need water now, we’ll need water in the future, we’ll likely have problems getting more water, we need a comprehensive plan to manage our water, and Prop 6 just sets up a piggy bank for the hogs to wallow in, at your and my expense. Even worse, it puts a band-aid over the gash in Texas’ current water policy, lulling Texans into thinking that we’ve begun addressing our long term needs.

      If you buck at the global warming claim, and not at the political corruption that makes policy and action so difficult here in Texas, I submit that you’re looking at the wrong end of the telescope.

      Take that “global warming claim” out – actually it was “temperatures rise with climate change”, but I don’t want to quibble about that – and the question comes down to: what are you suggesting we do to address our systemic water problems?

      • Scott says

        I agree that it shouldn’t be used as a slush fund for anyone’s cronies, but I also agree with Matthew. Label it however you want, but that whole “temperature rise with climate change” is just another way of saying “global warming.” Or maybe you simply prefer the new euphemism “climate change.” Either one is garbage science that has been debunked for a while now, and using it in this argument only makes your case weaker. Especially with those of us who are sick and tired of people changing a word or a phrase to make it more “politically acceptable.” Kind of like changing the word “gay” to mean homosexual, because it’s less offensive.

        What do we do to address our water problem? Well, in places like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and other liberal infested areas, you’re outta luck, aren’t you? Because those selfish little so and so’s will NEVER abide by anything that hinders what they consider to be their rights. Prop 6 will probably pass. This information just hit my news feed TODAY, and up until TODAY I hadn’t heard anything about it! Thanks for the late warning though. At least when I hit the voter booth later today I can still say no to it. Not that it will do a whole lot of good.

        • says

          Congratulations, Scott. Your comment wins for the most uninformed. I thought I’d seen some crazy comments on this blog but yours is prize winning.