Last week, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) called for a statewide day of prayer to pray for rain. It is, sadly, likely to have the same effect as her neighbor to the South found (see “Texas Drought Now Far, Far Worse Than When Gov. Rick Perry Issued Proclamation Calling on All Texans to Pray for Rain“).
TP Green notes:
In 2007, Fallin, then a U.S. congresswoman, laughed off greenhouse pollution, saying people “need to be more concerned about global warming in the U.S. caused by a nuclear attack.” Earlier this year, Fallin attacked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for attempting to enforce clean air and clean water laws on her state’s oil and gas industry.
As the map above shows, Oklahoma is ground zero for extreme heat, with most of the state averaging more than 6°F above normal temperatures for the first three weeks of July — which is to say, they are having a pretty mild July for the second half of this century, assuming we keep listening to their own inane anti-science politicians:
That’s especially callous and nonsensical considering that this brutal heat wave — “Oklahoma City has been above 100°F for 30 days this summer — has probably killed over a dozen Oklahoma residents.” But then, Inhofe has so little sense, he didn’t even know enough not to swim in an algae bloom exacerbated by the heat wave and drought.
The Oklahoma drought is shockingly worse than it was even three months ago:
Yes, three months ago, none of the state was under exceptional drought. Now almost 43% of the state is.
Future generations of Sooners won’t putting up statues for their current political leadership. The chorus of the iconic song asserts:
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
That will need to be rewritten if Inhofe and Fallin have their way — see “U.S. southwest could see a 60-year drought this century.”