Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Everything Is Bigger in Texas"

The last post turned my attention to Texas. I was curious to know more.

The following chart shows the population of Texas as a percentage of the United States.

Click to enlarge.

Parabolic, huh? Nice.

I've often thought that humans act as locusts on this planet. That includes myself. I'm not attempting to be preachy here.

That said, is there a point when a single locust turns to the others and says, "Hey, have you noticed our dwindling resource situation?"

November 5, 2014
Rubinstein: Texas at front of water issues

Of course, everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our future population. We continue to grow every day, and it is estimated that the population will increase 82 percent in the next 50 years. That translates to approximately 1,000 people moving to Texas per day — and none of them are bringing water with them. We also know that in that same 50-year period, we will need an additional 8.3 million acre-feet of water.

Source Data:
St. Louis Fed: Custom Chart


Rob Dawg said...

The US version of Canada v Quebec.

Seven words there but I hope you can see the five thousand word expansion that doesn't need to be repeated from as long ago as the 19th Century.

Feel free to extrapolate to Aztlan, the former US southwest states.

Stagflationary Mark said...


Aztlán has been used as the name of speculative fictional future states that emerge in the southwest U.S. or Mexico after the central U.S. government suffers collapse or major setback...

Speculative fictional future?

Sounds a bit like option trading, lol. Sigh.

dearieme said...

A friend of mine from Queensland went to give a seminar in a Texan university. He'd been told that it was the convention to begin by explaining something about where you are from. So he put up a transparency (remember them?) of a postcard. He said that if you imagine Queensland as the size of the card, Texas is the size of the stamp.

Stagflationary Mark said...


Hahaha! :)

Luke The Debtor said...

West Texas is dry (literally, they have dry counties). East Texas is wet (literally, they have drive-thru liquor stores). Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas both exceed 6 million people. When I moved to Houston in the early 1990s it was barely 2 million.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Luke The Debtor,

literally, they have drive-thru liquor stores