The sad thing is not that Texas Governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry is rallying his state to pray for rain (again) — prayer is all the state’s got at this point, in the midst of this massive, harmful, record drought and heat wave. This is the worst drought and worst heat wave on record in Texas and the state, the state of my grandparents’ I’ll note, is in sore need of a miracle to break the spell.
The sad thing is, Rick Perry and his GOP are doing nothing to prevent future heat waves and droughts like these, or worse, from doing even more harm. Climate science is clear and sound. It has been developed over centuries! However, fossil-fuel-funded Republicans like Rick Perry are ignoring it and claiming it is a hoax to make a buck. I don’t think that’s very in-line with the teaching of Christ or any other religious leader. Since when was it moral to sacrifice the lives and basic necessities of billions so that you can make more money and have more power?
The tragedy and hardships Texas is currently facing are tremendous, but they are miniscule compared to the tragedies awaiting them, their children, their grandchildren, and their global neighbors all over the world as a result of the GOP’s subservience to the fossil fuel industry and dismissal of repeated scientific warnings by leading world scientists and even leading scientific institutions!
This is the biggest tragedy. Good luck with the prayer. But if you really cared, you would get to the root of the problem and stop the unrestrained emission of greenhouse gases.
Ricky Perry, God help us, will not end up gaining the U.S. presidency (he has not announced he’s running yet, but seems primed to). Or, if his and my grandparents’ state isn’t relieved of its tremendous drought and heat soon, hopefully it will burn some sense or compassion into him and get him to acknowledge the true human threats of climate change.
Want some more info on Texas’ record drought and heat? Here are some facts from Think Progress:
– Hottest month ever (July)
– Hottest July ever, average temperature 87.2°F (previous record 86.5°F in 1998)
– Hottest June ever (fifth hottest month ever), average temperature 85.2°F
– Least year-to-date precipitation, 6.53 inches (historical average 16.03 inches; previous record 9.36 inches in 1917)
– Driest consecutive 8, 9, and 10 months, 7.25 inches 8.35 inches, and 9.17 inches respectively
– Driest 12 months ending in July, 15.16 inches (previous record 16.46 inches in 1925)
– 99.93 percent of the state is in some level of drought
– 73.49 percent of the state is in exceptional drought
“These statistics rank the current drought as the most severe one-year drought ever for Texas,” Nielsen-Gammon explains. “Never before has so little rain been recorded prior to and during the primary growing season for crops, plants and warm-season grasses.”
Not fun stuff. but you can’t deny it’s more fair that it’s hitting this climate/science-denying state than poor countries of African and Asia that are truly concerned about climate change and trying to address it.
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