19 Dec '11, 5pm

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Ron Craft is a fourth-generation cotton ginner in Plains, Texas struggling through a tough year. Earlier in the fall, he predicted business would drop by 75 percent, and he knew he wouldn’t be able to hire as many workers. “I’ve got those people that come back every year depending on me for a job, and I may not be able to provide that for them.” he said . Craft’s business isn’t suffering because of the economic downturn; cotton producers are getting high prices on the global market this year. Clark is unable to hire more workers because the majority of the Texas cotton crop died in the extreme drought gripping the state—the kind of extreme weather event that is increasing because of climate change. Republican leaders in Congress like to claim that limits on air pollution are bad for the economy and bad for jobs. Never mind these claims have been debunked again and again . ...

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