Richard Parker: The price of ignoring climate change

The Dallas Morning News - If Ted Cruz wants to be president, then I have an invitation for him: He should spend the next year not campaigning but instead cleaning mold out of homes and hauling and burning debris along the Blanco River.

If natural legacy could talk, it would reveal a secret: Not since the Middle Ages has such extreme weather existed in Texas.

There really isn't a scientific argument to be had over this. Up at Texas Tech — not exactly a hotbed of radical leftism — Katherine Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Center. She explains it this way: The hotter the atmosphere gets, the more it retains water, which leads to drought. The hotter the atmosphere gets, the more it retains water, which leads to torrential storms.

"Climate change isn't a religious challenge. It's an economic challenge," Hayhoe says. "We're already paying the price of climate change."

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