Texas Is On Fire

The giant drought in Texas doesn’t just ruin lawns, it’s contributed to millions of acres worth of wildfires:

“We will pick up the pieces. We always do,” Perry told reporters.

Dozens of fires are burning across the state, the Texas Forest Service said Monday.

Texas is battling its worst fire season in state history. A record 3.5 million acres — an area roughly the size of Connecticut, Perry said — have burned since the start of the season in November as hot and dry weather, coupled with a historic drought, made conditions ripe for rapid fire growth.

Perry may say that picking up the pieces is that they “always” do in Texas, but it’s right there in the article that this is in fact the worst fire season on record. The Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas / Fort Worth metro areas are three of the fastest growing in the country and they’re all in the extreme risk zone according to the Texas Forest Service’s forecasts. The whole situation sort of reminds me of Trotsky’s quip about the dialect. Neither Governor Perry nor the bulk of Texas’ citizens may be interested in climate change, but climate change is interested in them. People settle in certain places expecting the weather to be a certain way. When it changes, you get big problems.