Why Panhandle Farmers Had to Water During Drought, Even If Nothing Grew For the Texas Tribune, Kate Galbraith writes that “by mid-summer last year, it was so hot and dry that many West Texas cotton farmers gave up hope of producing a crop. Yet they had to keep watering, pumping from diminishing aquifers like the Ogallala, to claim crop insurance.”
Will Texas’ Biggest Power Company Fold? ”A major credit-rating agency is expressing grave doubts about the ability of the state’s largest nonregulated power generator to pay off its debt,” the Dallas Observer writes. ”Energy Future Holdings, the Dallas-based parent company of power generator Luminant, transmission company Oncor and retail electricity provider TXU Energy, has been downgraded to a CCC rating by Fitch Ratings, a long-term credit rating agency.”
Some Church Groups Take Up Environmental Message “Stewardship of the Earth is hardly a new concept in Christian thought – it’s mentioned in Genesis – but a growing school of theological thought leaders are getting out of the pew, marching on the picket line, and becoming specific-issue activists,” the Washington Times reports.