Texas environmentalist leader Juan Mancias wrote on Facebook: “Yes I am praying the Hurricanes hits full force”
As Hurricane Harvey reached the shores of Texas this weekend, many were praying it would weaken and that damage would be minimal. Not Texas environmentalist leader Juan Mancias, though.
Mancias, a prominent Texas environmentalist and chairman of the unrecognized Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe, took to Facebook just before Harvey made landfall to express his desire that the storm hit “full force” and help stop oil and gas development along the Texas coast.
“Yes I am praying the Hurricanes hits full force to stop the illegal no federal permit permit Valley Crossing Pipeline. It will cost Enbridge and Spectra more $$$$.”
Unfortunately, Mancias’ disturbing desire was fulfilled, with Hurricane Harvey making landfall as the first Category 4 since 2004, and the first in Texas since 1961. There are already eight reported casualties, and that number is expected to grow as the rain continues to fall. In its wake, the hurricane is leaving an untold amount of damage along the Texas coast.
Mancias also connected hurricane Harvey to issues ranging from “white supremacy” and “colonialism” to “native mascots” and “genocidal death.”
Mancias has built a reputation as a prominent liberal activist in Texas, having held protests against oil and gas projects, the proposed border wall, the Washington Redskins’ team name, and traveled to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access pipeline. He has also ventured to France with the Sierra Club to encourage French banks to divest from American oil and gas projects. Through his activist work, he has been quoted by The Associated Press, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, The Monitor, and The Texas Tribune.
Despite Mancias’ cold-hearted dreams coming true, the country has rallied around those effected by Harvey, with countless heroic rescue stories and an outpouring of financial support for relief efforts.
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