Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry Says ‘Prayer For Rain’ Better Solution To Texas Drought Than ‘Flawed’ Climate Science

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"Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry Says ‘Prayer For Rain’ Better Solution To Texas Drought Than ‘Flawed’ Climate Science"

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) believes that prayer is a better policy response to heat waves and drought than managing greenhouse pollution. In a USA Today op-ed, Thornberry reflected upon the “devastating” and “historic” Texas drought — “the most severe one-year drought on record.” “My family has been ranching in northern Texas for more than 120 years, and we have never seen or felt anything like it,” He then worried that this clear sign of a changing climate might lead people to support policies based on “flawed” climate science:

Any decisions we make should be based on sound science rather than political, social or personal profit agendas. No computer model yet has correctly predicted the Earth’s actual temperatures. We simply do not understand enough about the causes and effects related to our weather. Yet, some in Washington continue to push for new regulations and added taxes based upon those flawed models. Their policies would cost us jobs as the economy continues to struggle.

“There will always be those who want to exploit hardship to push their agenda, but my part of the country cannot afford the taxes and regulations they want to impose on us,” Thornberry concluded. He then joined Govs. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Mary Fallin (R-OK) in arguing that the best response to the climate disasters is to pray for help instead. “A prayer for rain, however, would be appreciated.”

Thornberry is staking out new ground in climate denial — admitting that the climate is changing, for the worse, with terrible consequences, but then claiming that the science that explains why that’s happening is wrong. As early as 1975, climate scientists using rudimentary models accurately projected the rise in global temperatures. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change computer models have also accurately projected temperatures, although they slightly underestimated the rise in carbon dioxide emissions and thus the actual temperatures.

“If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur,” the American Physical Society concluded in 2007. “We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.”

If we don’t take the science seriously, then the nation won’t have a prayer.

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