Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 60 of 263
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artificial fuel manufactured at high prices will be the recipient of a natural
resource of this State now going to waste, and receive it at a low price that
even the poor man can pay, thus not only promoting his financial welfare
but his social existence as well. This project makes possible the permanent
re-employment of 300 American families who will operate and maintain
These startling facts represent but a few of the benefits to flow from the
project. In the Texas Panhandle, gas that is worth no more than a fraction
of a cent, gas that is being blown into the air, will acquire a new important
value. The net profit arising from the construction of the line will become a
part of the general revenue fund of the State and will be a source of income
not from our own people, but from the benefits Texas affords the people
of other states.
I submit this bill to you as an emergency. It is believed by its authors
to be imperative that the Corporation be established by the Legislature
in order to be ready to present its formal application to the Public Works
Administration when the new relief bill shall be passed by the American
Congress. If we should wait, or if this bill should fall in the ranks of dissension,
Texas will have passed up its golden opportunity of being the
builder of America's greatest project. We will have passed up our opportunity
to conserve the natural wealth of the State, at the same time
realizing a substantial profit.
I am convinced that the proposal is self-liquidating. My confidence is
based not upon idle speculation or hope but upon concrete engineering information.
cannot conceive of a plan yet proposed by any branch of the American
Government, whether State or Federal, that offers the possibilities
offered by this proposal. It:
1. Preserves our natural resources;
2. Makes valuable the greatest gas reservoir in the world;
3. Provides useful employment for an army of the unemployed;
4. Provides permanent employment for 300 families;
5. Stimulates the basic steel industries to a greater extent than has been
done since the beginning of the financial depression;
6. Promotes that democratic policy of bettering the social welfare;
7. Offers an opportunity to the State to realize without taxation a substantial
financial profit from our natural gas;
8. Finally offers to the State of Texas an opportunity to be the outstanding
State in the American Union in endeavoring to carry forward
the policy of the American Government in re-establishing a
period of economic security.
May I therefore urge this Legislature to cooperate to the fullest extent
in the immediate passage of this measure as an emergency.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
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