05 Jan '12, 6pm

How many U.S. acres will burn in wildfires this year? Senate staffers have a betting pool for that:

How many U.S. acres will burn in wildfires this year? Senate staffers have a betting pool for that:

Last summer, wildfires sped by drought turned large chunks of Texas into a moonscape. Nationally, 2011 saw the third worst wildfire season in the United States since 1960 : More than 8.7 million acres of land burned. It’s the job of congressional staffers working on energy and natural resources issues to know facts like this. But some of them have a more urgent and perverse interest in this particular statistic: they’re participants in a macabre annual office pool in which they try to predict how many acres of U.S. land will burn in wildfires. Frank Gladics, a professional staffer on the Republican side of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, runs the contest. On Tuesday he sent out 2011’s results in an email that was perhaps forwarded a little too widely. (Grist managed to obtain a copy, after all.) Participants in 2011 ranged from lowly legislative aides to...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2012-01-05-senate-sta...

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