17 Aug '11, 6pm

Rick Perry on climate change and Texas agriculture: ‘We’ll be fine’:

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green . In the decades since switching from supporting Al Gore in 1988 to becoming a Republican agriculture commissioner and George W. Bush's lieutenant governor, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has seen his state undergo devastating changes in its climate. Texas has grown hotter and drier , with stronger wildfires and torrential storms as greenhouse pollution builds in the atmosphere. Now, 99 percent of Texas is in drought, with a staggering 78 percent in exceptional drought. The state's farmers and ranchers are expected to lose about $10 billion this year to the killer climate, the worst in history. However, Perry believes that the climate is still normal, unaffected by oil and gas pollution. On the campaign tour at the Iowa State Fair Monday, Perry met with Gov. Terry Branstead (R-Iowa), who has been dealing with farmers devastated by record floods...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-08-17-rick-perry...

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