T.O. on the Teevee: Drought, Wildfires and Climate

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Here at the Texas Observer, we can thank Rick Perry for one thing: His presidential ambitions have brought our esteemed publication more attention from the national media. While we don’t always enjoy explaining GoodHair to the rest of the nation, it’s also an opportunity to talk about some of the things near and dear to our hearts as reporters and citizens. For me, as an environmental reporter, this has been a chance to talk about the wildfires, drought and the connection to climate change on a national platform. 

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez had me on Democracy Now! last week to talk about the drought.

Forrest Wilder on Democracy Now:  Texas Faces Massive Wildfires, Record Drought as Gov. Rick Perry Denies Existence of Global Warming

I also was interviewed by Austin’s The Butler Bros. for a small spot in the Climate Reality Project, a “worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis” that wrapped up yesterday.

Reality, TX from The Butler Bros on Vimeo.

Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is associate editor of the Observer. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.