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Sunday 12/02/12

Battle Lines Being Drawn Over Climate Change
An environmentalist and author from Vermont, McKibben has become the country's leading speaker calling for climate-change activism. About 500 people came out Saturday night in Omaha to hear him speak as part of a month-long tour "Do the Math" to rally the country to join in a fight against fossil fuels. As McKibben said on the fight over climate change, "The battle has been joined."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:49AM CST 12/02/12 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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And I wonder how one would get from Vermont to Omaha! On foot? without fuel. If only people would quite wasting food, mowing huge lawns, etc. in this country, ( I've read 1/3 of what is produced is wasted) 1/3 rd. of the energy which those dirty, fossil fuel loving farmers use to force cancer causing nourishment, down the throats of the overweight concerned environmentalists, we would all live in LaLa Land. Kind of like Greece and Spain. We then would all have more time to protest. Good Grief already.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:30PM CST 12/02/12
Good comment, Bonnie. I wonder if Bill McKibben has as large of carbon footprint as Al Gore? I find it interesting that just a couple of years ago the global warming zealots were touting natural gas as the ideal "bridge fuel" to replace oil and coal while "green" alternatives were developed. Now that we know we have huge reserves available, natural gas has suddenly become the enemy! Crop yields in many areas would increase, not decrease, if it were a little warmer, but I really doubt that mere man has much control over the weather or climate.
Posted by CARLYLE CURRIER at 8:39PM CST 12/02/12
On a personal note - I'm enjoying the warm fall. Especially while I sit in my deer stand. The critters around me enjoy it as well. I've never seen so many song birds and squirrels. Could it be that they, like humans, flourish better in warm climes? I could use some rain, but probably won't get it because too many people drove to Grandma's house on Thanksgiving.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:23AM CST 12/03/12
At one time the majority of the people thought the world was flat (including the scientific world) but they were wrong. The case is the same about climate change; a majority of the people think we are responsible when in reality it has been happening since the last ice age. Instead of pointing fingers we should prepare for climate change instead of trying to stop an immovable force.
Posted by Young Farmer at 9:06AM CST 12/03/12
There are many places where ornamental shrubs, grasses and trees occupy the landscape. Most are not even indigenous species that would thrive in the existent conditions. I used to live in Arizona prior to Tennessee prior to Iowa, and the smartest move in relation to this, I ever saw was in Tucson, which made it unlawful to ornament any new development with non-indigenous plants. It saved water AND maintenance NORMALLY grew there, how much care, other than trimming, would it ever need. everyone wants to "green" America? WELL...there's a GREAT place to start.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:28AM CST 12/03/12
What are we going to do, change the climate to some "static condition"? That really would be a good trick.
Posted by Brandon Butler at 12:38PM CST 12/03/12
Oh-NO...why'd you go and say that, Brandon? Now our silly Federal Government will likely FUND some idiot to TRY to do just THAT. (If it wasn't for the 50-50 possibility-this comment would simply be an LOL...)
Posted by Ric Ohge at 1:22PM CST 12/03/12
I was arrested at the 350 protest against the pipeline, but more the that I am so against fossil fuels my place is 90% renewable powered, I produce double the electric my home, business and grain bins use, geothermal heat and air conditioning, and have an all electric car that does most of my driving but still have a hybrid that gets 55 mpg for trips over 100 miles. I still use a little LP gas for hot water heating on cloudy days during the spring and fall. YES it can be done and if you don't think its affordable then enjoy your continuing upward spiraling fossil fuel costs! Too bad I need to be affected by your climate change but I will continue protesting corporate controlled energy systems. But waht amazes me is that you don't want to be energy independent, that you have an idea that we still have lots of oil in the ground here while the world uses 90 million barrels a day and rising! You suffer from one of the worse droughts in history but still deny climate change and are willing to act as though an election was won by the party of dirty air and dirty water while the people have mandated a cleaner and renewable energy administration. KEEP it up, I will be enjoying zero energy costs with energy that doesn't cause climate change!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 2:13PM CST 12/03/12
One of the problems with your agenda, Jay, is exempified with a negative image by your abuse of the word "I". Are you promoting a solution or yourself?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:13AM CST 12/04/12
I was just wondering where the toxic acid that fuels the batteries of these "green cars" and also the rubber and plastic componants come from? You don't ever get something for nothing. All of the copper or aluminium that would be needed to change the planet over to you plan surely would increase "green mining".
Posted by Young Farmer at 8:08AM CST 12/04/12
"an election was won by the party of dirty air and dirty water while the people have mandated a cleaner and renewable energy administration." Jay, look up the word 'gullable'. That's you. The money is just being invested in a different industry, that's it. Their views on energy will be just like their views on the economy, misguided at best, blatant destruction of our free market at the worst. How else do you explain raising taxes but not cutting ANY spending (again, if you think spending will be cut, refer to 'gullable'). Oh, btw, why don't you try your hybrid engine in a tractor to plow a field, and use your lp gas to take a pot belly load of hogs to market. Or are you against eating?
Posted by Brandon Butler at 8:31AM CST 12/04/12
Dont pick on Jay for using the word I Oboma uses it as much as possible in any statement he makes, theses liberals just love themselves. Jay does not want to put up with corporate control of energy does he think government control will be any better By the way gvt. does have control over his energy without all of the gvt. subsidies for his home grown energy it would no be as much fun. Spain went all out on wind and solar, they are Broke even there gvt. admits that it was a huge mistake.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 9:04AM CST 12/04/12
You guys lost the civil war and you lost the election, enjoy your party of dirty energy, I am enjoying zero energy bills and zero emissions, BLESS YOUR LITTLE HEARTS!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 3:55PM CST 12/04/12
I I I I, then, want want want
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:25PM CST 12/04/12
Has DTN ever though about a separate blog section? Maybe call it Faux News where tea folks can pretend there is no global warming, corporations are nice, Walmart workers should be happy they have a job, Rush and Hanady had the correct poll numbers, there is more oil in the US then the Mideast and the Earth is only 5000 yrs old? Such a cyber place might be therapeutic for those living in alternate reality world!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 5:55AM CST 12/05/12
That is a good idea Jay. It could be titled the La La Blog, so the "I Knows", with all of the solutions could blog and the rest of us wouldn't have to read. That is, unless we were really bored.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:56AM CST 12/06/12
You can tell a couple of things from Jay's posts. 1) He doesn't let facts get in the way. 2) He is a taker, and not a giver, i.e. producer. Just another Monday morning liberal quarterback, telling us (in her idealistic, naive tone) about how we should do things, without any real world solutions. Keep swinging and striking out, you simple little dolt.
Posted by Brandon Butler at 4:39PM CST 12/13/12
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