Houston Loves Big Business. How Much Should Big Business Now Love It Back?

NEW YORK TIMES, 30 AUGUST 2017, FEAT. PROF. BEN MEANS

Even before the damage from Hurricane Harvey is tallied, big corporations are breaking out their checkbooks.

Chevron, an energy giant with several offices in the Houston area, pledged $1 million to post-Harvey disaster relief efforts. So did Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical, two companies with facilities hit by the storm. Companies in less regional industries also donated: Amazon offered to match $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross, while Verizon promised $10 million. Walmart, which took a front-line role in the clean-up after Hurricane Katrina, sent truckloads of emergency supplies to the affected area.

In all, corporations have pledged more than $65 million to help clean up the wreckage from Harvey, according to a Wednesday morning estimate by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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