Texas can get away with lowering taxes precisely because most other states don't follow suit. If other states did then Texas would not be as large a net recipient of inter-state migration and they wouldn't make up their lower revenue per capita by housing more people.
Peter Sinclair's new, short 2012 Arctic ice melt video includes the time lapse satellite imagery illustrating the rapid, dramatic shrinkage of this ice cap. In just the past 12 years alone, 70 percent of the September summer ice cap has disappeared.
Freedom of speech is an important part of the democratic process, but it should be used to bridge paths and not divide them. Having strong opinions is certainly warranted and debate is welcome. However, when it comes to climate change, some not-so-civil behavior has become acceptable.