Climate Catastrophe Forces Perry to Temporarily Suspend Denying Climate Catastrophe

09/06/2011 05:53 pm ET | Updated Nov 06, 2011
  • Bob Ostertag Composer, Historian, Journalist, and Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at UC Davis

Sadly, the new outbreak of massive wildfires in Texas has forced Gov. Rick Perry to return home and temporarily suspend his efforts educating voters that global warming is really "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight."

Perry cut short a visit to South Carolina where he was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president. He also canceled a campaign trip to California.

The wildfires, unprecedented in history, are the result of a massive drought, also unprecedented in history, and a massive heat wave, also unprecedented in history, which has already caused over $5.2 billion in agricultural loses.

Perry has been using his campaign trips to cast doubt on the whole idea of global warming, and to promise not be spend taxpayer money on climate change research or policy: "I don't think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."

Given that the global warming-caused wildfires are zero percent controlled and rapidly expanding, Perry said it was too early to say whether he would be able to attend Wednesday's GOP debate in California and continue his important work of denying the existence of global warming.

Fun facts from the Texas Forest Service:

  • Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011.
  • Fires in Texas in 2011: 18,612
  • Acres burned in Texas in 2011: 3,486,124
  • Texas counties with burn bans: 251 of 254
  • Texas counties where Texas Forest Service has fought wildfires since November 15, 2010: 199 of 254
  • Homes and structures lost since November 15, 2010: 3,132
  • Since Nov. 15 more than 3.5 million acres have burned in Texas, breaking the all-time record of 2.1 million acres for the same period set back in 2005-2006.