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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kansas drought and global warming

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Corn fields are brown and crisp. The temperature for July was the hottest month on the record books. Most of days were over 100. By now the Arkansas River looks like a creek. And now most scientists are sure—this is global warming.
Although this Kansas summer’s drought is not as bad as last year, it is taking its toll on farmers who have had to endure two drought years in a row. Farmers are pulling up corn and other dead crops to grind up and feed to cattle. That is all they can do with those crops. The corn is bleached light brown and the corn ears are small, underdeveloped and dried out.
But don’t expect Kansas Republicans or their supporters to change their mind about global warming or climate change.
Kansas is not alone. About 80 percent of the US has been unusually dry and drought expanded last month with the country has had some one of the driest June’s on record. And many scientists are now saying that global warming is already here.
According to KAKE TV the average temperature for the continental US last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the old record from July 1936, in the Dust Bowl days. Records have been kept since1895.
NASA Scientist James Hansen, a man often called the "godfather of global warming" said that the likely hood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s to the 1980s was rarer than one in 300, according to NPR. He insisted that now the odds are closer to one in 10. He insisted the changes are not random or normal, but pure and simple climate change.
His analysis is based on statistics and not modelling. He said climate change is happening now and we can see it. He came to that conclusion before the drought.
Richard Muller, professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, announced this year that he is no longer a sceptic of human contributions to global warming. He also used statistics for his own study.
According to Here and Now, he had long doubted the existence of man-made global warming, and he received funding from a foundation supported by David and Charles Koch, prominent backers of the Tea Party.
The Koch Brothers have finance a foundation of scientists and politicians who have agreed to work towards debunking global warming and climate change as a myth. U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo-Kansas, got $100,000 in donations from Koch Industry. He has opposed supporting alternative fuels, such as wind energy, yet supports subsidies to oil companies, according to ThinkProgress. The Koch Brothers have supported many other politicians as well.
So far the majority of people in Kansas have been sceptical of global warming and their politicians have been also. Some people are predicting possible drought for the next ten years. Will Kansas voters and politicians change their mind about global warming? Only time will tell.

Venus was once an Earth like planet more than a 3 billion years ago. Its poisonous conditions today are a result of extreme climate warming from too much carbon dioxide and water vapor. 

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