By Charles Abelard and Tom Carter , WSWS.ORG, a socialist organization
Local onlookers at the Riley Road fire in Montgomery County, Texas
Editor’s Note: Ironically, Texas—along with much of the South and Southwest— is a state with a disproportionate number of people denying the importance of climate change as a result of human mistreatment of the environment. Of course, it doesn’t occur to the mediocrities in the corporate media to poll Texans about their views on global warming, now that they have been at the receiving end of mother nature’s fury for a while. That would be interesting news.
Wildfires, historic in scope, are devastating rural and small-town households across the state of Texas.
Texas has languished for months with the lowest rainfall in all of its recorded history, as well as unprecedented high temperatures. Under these conditions, vast numbers of dangerous, independent wildfires have flared up that now threaten countless homes and workplaces (see “Historic heat wave and drought in southwestern US“).
As of September 5, Texas wildfires had burned a staggering 3,582,000 acres so far this year. With the profusion of fires by no means contained, this number is expected to increase substantially over the coming months. Continue reading »
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