Humans, pets at increased risk of dangerous interactions-

Texas is in a very severe drought and wild animals are getting desperate for water and will take big risks.

Drought causing Texas wildlife to act out of character. By Shannon Tompkins. Houston Chronicle.

Governor Rick Perry has a policy to deal with it and more, however. He has invited fellow governors to a Christian “prayer-a-thon” in Huston this month to pray for rain, relief from other natural disasters, to ask for fiscal probity, and protection from terrorism. His innovative policy prescription has caused him to rise in the polls as a potential presidential contender.

Will the supernatural beat the natural and the effects of humans on land, water and climate?  How will we tell? How much rain do we need, when and where?

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Drought causing Texas wildlife to act out of character

  1. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Perhaps Perry and all can incant the metaphorical assistance of Elmer Gantry.

  2. Rick Perry is one of Karl Rove’s instruments of getting back into power.

    Many of the tea partiers hate Rove, so another good ‘ol boy, but with more of a religious veneer than GWB will help (he hopes).

  3. avatar jdubya says:

    Nobody in Oklahoma or Texas that is praying for rain has seemed to consider the alternative point of view, that they are being punished for their wicked acts. Maybe they should change their ways and ask for forgiveness instead.


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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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