As most of the country knows, the state of Texas experienced some historic and very deadly flooding last week. Being a resident of Dallas, Texas, and someone who’s lived in this state my entire life, I’ve never seen anything like it. For example, the lake I normally visit during the summer was two feet below its “full pool” just over a month ago – now it currently sits 15 feet over “full,” meaning that it’s added 17 feet in just a handful of weeks. In just about a month, Texas went from a state where many parts had been in an extensive drought for years, to mostly being drought-free.
The problem is, these violent storms the state has experienced aren’t the kind of rain you want to see end a drought. Outside of the extensive damage the flooding has caused (including many homes lost), 24 people have died with 11 still missing.
Naturally these floods have brought up the topic of climate change, which many scientific experts are saying was the likely cause of such freak and historic flooding. The floods join a growing list of record weather events occurring here in the United States.
Alaska, Arizona and California just set new all-time records for warmth from January-April, while Florida just recorded its warmest April ever. Add those in with the freakish snowfall we’ve seen the last couple of years in the northeastern states, California’s historic drought, as well as numerous other events such as the recent floods in Texas and Oklahoma and it’s absurd that people continue to deny that climate change is happening.
Then again, what should we expect when we have idiots like Glenn Beck pushing absolute nonsense. You see, Beck knows what ended Texas’s drought – former governor Rick Perry.
“We started ending that drought with that fast,” Beck said. “He was mocked for it and he went ahead and did it and that was the beginning of the end of the drought. We started having rain right after that, and this state was a desert.”
He’s referring to comments Perry made back in 2011 after wildfires had engulfed parts of the state:
Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.
Needless to say, despite Beck’s ridiculous claims, Perry’s prayers did not work. Then again, you’d really need to be insane to think that prayers from 2011 are what lead to rainfall four years later that ultimately ended the drought for most of the state.
Not only that, but while certain areas of the state did get increased rainfall over the last couple of years, other areas got even less. In fact, in 2014, here in Dallas we got less rain than we did in 2011, and I have a friend who lives up in Wichita Falls (up near the Texas/Oklahoma border) where they were literally running out of water up until recently.
So, while Glenn Beck seems to be proud to show off the fact that he’s apparently slipping into senility, no, Rick Perry had nothing to do with ending Texas’s drought. And if you’re someone who honestly believes that he did, please, find a padded room somewhere for your own safety.
Watch his comments below via Right Wing Watch:
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