No one can dispute that the Texas wildfire epidemic of the past six years, culminating in the most severe this year, is very closely related to the extreme heat and drought that have been plaguing Texas, contends Baker Institute climate change policy fellow Ron Sass in a recent Baker Institute Blog post. He argues that global climate change is a key factor.

"Carbon dioxide occurs naturally in the atmosphere and is necessary for life. However, the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide that we are experiencing now is directly ascribable to human activities. There is enough of this greenhouse gas to account for the changes we are seeing in extreme climate events."