Above is a picture of the front page of yesterday’s Houston Chronicle.
I took the picture outside on the hot and parched Texas grass.
It sure is hot.
The newspaper above reports that Texas farmers and ranchers have suffered major losses due to the current drought in Texas, while at the same time Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry denies the existence of global warming.
While nobody can be sure that one cause of the terrible weather in Texas for the past few months has been global warming, it is quite possible that this is indeed the case. However, of course, Rick Perry won’t even consider the very idea that this is possible.
Three other stories in the Houston Chronicle today detail record heat in Houston, mosquitio spraying by Harris County out of concern that tropical West Nile disease may occur in the area, and the facttrees are dying in Houston due to the drought.
Meanwhile, out on the Presidential campaign trial, the Republican field is bashing the EPA.
In the end, people are just going to have to decide what kind of future they want. If you want Rick Perry and how he governs Texas for your future, then that is your call to make.
And–since I have you here–please also note that the Texas Miracle Rick Perry has been touting as his economic record, involves one in four Texas children living in poverty and the highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.
Rick Perry has called for prayer to end the drought. His prayers and the prayers of his supporters have not been heard in this regard. Under Governor Perry’s reasoning for why we are being afflicted with terrible weather, maybe the State of Texas is being judged for harsh treatment of the poor and neglect of those in need.
(Below—It is very hot in Houston, Texas. Both photos in this post copyright Neil Aquino 2011.)