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Texas Says It Should Not Have To Give Water To Mexico

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Rio Grande River (Credit: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

The state of Texas is opposing a federal commission’s decision to give Mexico water from the Rio Grande.  State officials say after a historic drought Texas can not afford to give away such a precious resource.

Texas is still recovering from a drought that has severely depleted the state’s water resources.  So the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is among those challenging a decision by the International Boundary and Water Commission to give Mexico water from the Rio Grande.  And they are asking President Barack Obama to intervene on their behalf.  The worst one-year drought in Texas history has caused more than 7 billion dollars in losses to the agricultural industry.

Texas officials say the federal commission’s decision harms the state’s drought plans, wastes water and “sets a dangerous precedent of catering to Mexico’s demands for water.”

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