21 Apr '11, 8pm
Facing Record Droughts, Gov. Rick Perry Proclaims Official Day of Prayer for Rain
Things are getting bad in Texas -- wildfires have swept across over 1 million acres, and the worst drought in decades is continuing unabated. So you can't really blame the state's governor for resorting to desperate measures: This morning, Governor Rick Perry issued an official Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas in order to combat the dry spell, which a meteorologist from the National Weather Service called "unprecedented". And Perry is clearly a religious man -- he famously called the BP spill an "act of God" -- and I'm sure the proclamation was made with the best intentions. Unfortunately, it requires more than wishing for the best to govern effectively in the long term.