(Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry called for three days of prayer for rain as a wave of moisture and cooler temperatures on Thursday helped firefighters contain wildfires that have charred more than 1.5 million acres across the state this year.
Perry sought increased federal help in combating the blazes last weekend and urged Texans to ask the same from a higher power over the Easter holiday weekend.
“Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer,” Perry said in a statement on Thursday.
“It is fitting that Texans should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this ongoing drought and these devastating wildfires.”
While we’re at it, why not go ahead and add a prayer to end global warming, which is driving this drought (as predicted*). If you do that and petition your reps for policy help on the issue, we might actually make some progress here. Well, the praying is more for you (so you’ll feel better), the policy changes are what addresses the actual issue.
BTW, for those of you hoping the vaunted brains in the GOP would expose global climate change as a liberal myth, you might be as disappointed as they were.
A top climate scientist warned Wednesday that Texas faces a dual threat from floods and drought if global warming is left unchecked.
James Hansen, in Houston to speak before the Progressive Forum on Wednesday night, said predictions made two decades ago about the effects of a warming world are now beginning to come true.
“Texas is in the line of fire for double-barreled climate impacts,” said Hansen, who heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “What we said in the 1980s, and is beginning to come true now, is that both ends of the hydrological cycle get intensified by global warming.”
A warmer climate increases evaporation, he said. It both sucks moisture from the ground, intensifying drought, and increases atmospheric humidity, which causes more rain to fall during extreme events.
UPDATE: It should be noted quickly that two things happened subsequent to this post.
Obama came to Texas (and told a bunch of truths).
May 10, 2011 5:48 PM
President Obama in El Paso today tried to make the case that his administration is doing everything immigration reform opponents have said needed to be done before immigration reform could be tackled.
Published : Thursday, 12 May 2011, 8:57 AM CDT
Austin, TX – Much needed rain hit Central Texas Wednesday evening and continued into Thursday morning.
It was the biggest rain event in eight months.