( James Gathany / Centers of Disease Control / EPA / August 22, 2012 )
"God's still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."
--Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
On the fifth day, God let the Earth bring forth every kind of animal -- including mosquitoes. Some of them carry West Nile virus, which in 2012 has been reported in 48 states and has killed 118 people. The bulk of the outbreak, among the worst in the nation's history, is centered in Texas, but Oklahoma is in the top six states with 129 cases reported so far. When it comes to tropical diseases such as West Nile, warmer weather speeds up the process of production and infection -- increasing the population of mosquitoes, speeding their life cycle so that they reach biting age sooner, and rushing development of the virus within the bug's body. Other mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Dengue fever, are expected to become more common in the U.S. as global temperatures rise. Please, Lord, since you're the only one who can possibly solve this problem, send us down a tanker of thy DDT.