22 May '11, 1pm

Prayer as an adaptation strategy: Texas plans to cut budget of agency battling record wildfires

Prayer as an adaptation strategy: Texas plans to cut budget of agency battling record wildfires

Republicans control all three branches of government in Texas and are close to an agreement on a budget that makes deep cuts to the Texas Forest Service during an unprecedented and destructive wildfire season [as noted above]: “Assistance grants [for volunteer fire departments] are likely to take the biggest hit. Volunteers — two of whom were killed in fighting this year’s fires — make up nearly 80 percent of the state’s fire-fighting force and are first responders to roughly 90 percent of wildfires in Texas.” Chris Barron, executive director of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association, says the funding on the chopping block is indispensable . Many volunteer fire departments already have worn-down equipment, and without funding for new equipment, “response times will almost certainly increase.” Perry’s recent boast that Texas is “a model for the nation in disaste...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/22/prayer-adaptation-t...

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