Some Texas Climate News and Some Weird Cruz News

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Did you know there’s an expected rainfall increase coming for Texas (in comparison to the past 10-15 years) that will ease agricultural conditions in the state? Texas’ state climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said this weekend that he’s optimistic Texas droughts will not be overly harmful for the next 20-30 years. Unquestionably good news but…

After 30 years, Dr. Nielsen-Gammon turns “seriously pessimistic”.  Because human activity has increased Texas’ average temperature by 1.5 degrees since the 1970s, he says the state is firmly set in an overall cycle of increased heat and drought. “Any incremental increase of severity of the drought starts having a huge impact,” Nielsen-Gammon said. “It doesn’t matter at all during normal conditions, but when you’re in an extreme drought, it can make the difference between making it through the drought and not making it through.”

In other news about one of the geniuses denying climate change, Ted Cruz thinks the Justice Department investigated Dem Sen Robert Menendez as political retribution. Political retribution for opposing the White House’s negotiations for long-term peace with Iran. “…I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental that … in the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution,” Cruz said.

This conspiratorial clown also fears the government is building hobbit homes inside of which they’ll stuff Americans, so take anything he says with a shaker of salt.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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