Republican politicians can't accept climate science, won't promote clean energy, and wonder why they have to pray for rain.
The GOP has rejected science to an unprecedented degree, climate science in particular. And even as we begin to see the clear effects of accelerated global climate change around the world, the party (infused with illogical, extremist ideas of the "Tea Party") has increased its opposition to the findings of climatologists and any solutions to global warming. It has even attempted to dismantle and defund the Environmental Protection Agency.
Now, Texas is in the midst of a terrible drought that is killing crops, driving food prices up, and causing wildfires. Of course, with any specific extreme weather event, we cannot definitively link it to climate change (science just doesn't work like that). But this is exactly what climatologists have been predicting and exactly what we can expect to become the norm.
The Republican Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, doesn't seem ready to cross his Republican superiors and admit to the fact that climate change is here and it's hurting us today. Instead, he's officially proclaimed 3 "days of prayer for rain" in the state:
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 and robust way of life.
Well, if you can't admit to the science, aren't willing to promote solutions to it (i.e. cutting coal and oil out of our tremendous energy diet), and fight tooth and nail to keep others from doing so, what have you got left?
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