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  •  As Weather Underground says... (18+ / 0-)

    "Many daily record highs and record high minimums have been observed since late May."

    August is not done, and Texas as a state has been racking up 80-degree LOWS on the way to a potential top ten year ranking.

    •  And record drought (13+ / 0-)

      Pollution and drought are combining to both depopulate much of rural Texas and reduce arable acreage.

      I remember this article I read late last year:

      Orchard owner Leonard Baca had been watching his pecan trees slowly die for 12 years when he went into a washroom, put a gun in this mouth and killed himself.

      The frustrated 73-year-old had spent thousands of dollars on technology and improvements to try to resolve the problem at his Central Texas ranch without ever learning what was killing the trees that had supported three generations of his family. Now, 18 years after his death, Baca's son-in-law, Harvey Hayek, believes he's solved the mystery: Sulfur dioxide pollution from a nearby coal-fired power plant has slowly killed two-thirds of his family's 250-acre pecan orchard.

      On Monday, Hayek and other pecan growers held a news conference in Austin to demand compensation from the Lower Colorado River Authority, which operates the plant, and the city. They also want research done on what and how much pollution is being emitted now and how much will be discharged after the plant installs equipment aimed at reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide, a component of acid rain.

      And they accuse us of wanting to "pick winners and losers."

      The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

      by Egalitare on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:52:12 AM PDT

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