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Saturday 02/15/14

President Promises Drought Aid, Talks About Climate Change
USDA confirmed that local Farm Service Agency offices will begin accepting disaster applications from livestock producers on April 15. Vilsack noted Thursday that Obama had directed USDA to expedite the disaster programs by implementing them in 60 days rather the usual six to eight months it usually takes to write regulations.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:33AM CST 02/15/14 by Jerry Hagstrom | Post a Comment
Comments (6)
Did the Pres. state? "make sure that agriculture, urban needs, industrial needs, environmental and conservation concerns are all addressed". Is that not what the Army Corp. of Engs. was supposed to be doing?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:49AM CST 02/17/14
There is a lot of water sitting around in the Dakotas. Maybe we should be investing in canals for irrigation and diversion. That is utilizing our resources. We have waterfowl levels 2-5 times of normal. With todays policies I don't understand the end goal it seems to be more of a control issue.
Posted by Unknown at 5:54PM CST 02/17/14
The problem in California is simply too many people in the wrong place. We don't need to grow government to solve that! Yet here we are - never ending climate change used as an excuse for never ending government. More than a few of us knew it would come to this, there's no denying it now!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:46AM CST 02/18/14
We have trillions and trillions of gallons of excess water where I live in Ohio. In fact, the water table is getting so high that it is cumbersome. I say pipe Ohio's water out to California in exchange for fruits, vegetables, and nuts (th edible nuts, not the human ones!).
Posted by tom vogel at 8:12AM CST 02/18/14
Not to deny concerns or my part of being responsible, it would be interesting to see a picture of temperature differences on the earths surface. I would guess Chicago and L.A. might be warm spots. As the weatherman, on a daily basis reports the Metro areas 5 to 10 degrees warmer than neighboring rural areas, I would assume this might have a lot to do with the change. One driving through an urban area at night, it is almost impossible to see the sky do to reflextion from needless ground illumination. It seems people just want to waste energy for various reasons, then deny being responsible. For what it is worth-We do not let our car idle when in a store and we turn out the lights when not in the room.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:20AM CST 02/18/14
I wonder when they are going to bring up rice paddies producing about 20% of the worlds methane, which is worse than carbon, by about 20 times. I wonder why he didn't bring up all the water diverted to take care of minimally different strain of fish to keep it from going extinct, that smelt there isn't really different from others around. And why didn't they bring up the tree rings show the last century was the second wettest out of the last 12? Maybe it is suppose to be dry.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:19AM CST 02/19/14
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