While April Fires Rage, Gov. Rick Perry Issues “Proclamation For Days Of Prayer For Rain In Texas”
What’s a Texas governor to do?
The state, said Texas Forest Fire Service spokesman Marq Webb, is burning from “stem to stern.”
Tragic times. There are myriad tales of people fleeing for their lives or standing around helplessly while their houses burn. But, as they look to their leaders for answers, what do Texans get? This:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.
They get the same efforts at intervention Native Americans employed thousands of years ago. Faced repeatedly with once-unseasonable fires, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 2008, reacted differently:
Through global warming, we have now fire season all year round. We used to have fire seasons only in the fall, but now the fire seasons start in February already, so this means that we have to really upgrade, have more resources, more fire engines, more manpower and all of this, which does cost extra money.
Don’t expect Rick Perry to consider that Texas is undergoing a process that’s likely to continue or perhaps get even worse. His message to the EPA: “Don’t Mess With CO2.”
Such rules would have a profound impact on Texas, which pumps more carbon dioxide into the air than any other state because of its scores of coal-fired power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities.
“The EPA’s misguided plan paints a big target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers and the hundreds of thousands of Texans they employ,” Perry said in a statement. “This legal action is being taken to protect the Texas economy and the jobs that go with it, as well as defend Texas’ freedom to continue our successful environmental strategies free from federal overreach.”
So, centuries of data from across the planet? They don’t impress Perry. Centuries of people hopelessly praying for rain? Those are the hallmarks of leadership.
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide.”
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