How hot has it been across the U.S.?
Well, as CBS reports…
- 17 states have issued heat warnings and advisories
- Oklahoma City has seen 47 consecutive days of 90+ degree temperature with only a single day this month below 100
- Record temperatures in various cities and towns has seen the high temperature record tied or broken over 800 times
- Tallahassee, Florida: 105 degrees on June 15 – Record high
- Amarillo, Texas: 111 degrees on June 26 – Record high
- Borger, Texas: 112 degrees on June 26 – Record high
- Childress, Texas: 117 degrees on June 26 – Record high
- Gage, Oklahoma: 113 degrees on June 26 – Record high
- 29% of the U.S. is in drought and 12% is in exceptional drought – both are record highs
Tragic circumstances as the weather plays havoc with the lives of millions. So, what does Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s Republican Governor, suggest people do?
Pray. Actually, she’s called for a statewide day of prayer.
“I think if we have a lot of people praying, it moves the heart of God.”
Is there anything wrong with people praying and asking for divine intervention at a time of crisis?
Definitely not if praying to one’s god helps comfort the soul and gives greater strength to deal with a difficult situation. In that case, it’s a positive. But if praying to one’s god is an excuse to sit on your ass and do nothing, then the practice is both dangerous and foolish.
In 2009, Mary Fallin, as a member of the United States Congress, voted against a global warming bill. Here was her rationale for doing so.
“Our state is a large producer of both oil and natural gas, and the restrictions this legislation places on the production and exploration of these resources will devastate our energy producers. That will not only destroy oil and gas related jobs, it will also lead to a reduction in tax revenue, which in turn will affect our ability to maintain and repair roads, bridges, schools and other public works and services.”
As a gubernatorial candidate in 2010, she said.
Protecting our nation should be a number one priority. Does leadership really think that our surveillance satellites should be aimed at polar ice caps and not terror cells, and that spies should be investigating global warming? Congress must adequately fund our intelligence operations. If we don’t, we may need to be more concerned about global warming in the U.S. caused by a nuclear attack in our own back yard.
She is on record as saying that climate legislation is completely unnecessary. Somehow, Fallin believes it makes much more sense to call for the citizens of her state to bow their heads, get down on their knees and pray to god to make it all go away even though climate science predicts the exact sort of extreme weather patterns which Oklahoma is currently experiencing.
Rest assured that while the ignorance displayed by Mary Fallin is astounding, it is secure and happy in the minds of Republican leadership everywhere.