As the drought has deepened over the summer, so has unease among Texans about what’s being done, or not being done, to cope with it.

. . . “Texans, if you look back through history, have always been able to deal with calamity, and that’s still true,” says Richard Verrone, a historian at Texas Tech in Lubbock.  “But unless you see it firsthand, it’s hard to imagine the complete losses that are taking away livelihoods and hurting families not just now, but potentially for a couple of generations.”

The drought has been, in a word, hellish. Millions of trees are dying, does are abandoning fawns to save themselves, cotton yields have been halved, and Texas cattle herds are at an all-time low. Its effects may yet be felt far from Texas: The price of socks is likely to rise because of low cotton yields, and beef prices in two years may overreach the average family’s budget, economists say.

source: The Christian Science Monitor


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