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So let’s see what Mitt Romney, climate change denier, has to say about this:  Bloomberg headline:  "Corn Belt Shifts North With Climate as Kansas Crop Dies"Article here.

The article continues:

While farmers nationwide planted the most corn this year since 1937, growers in Kansas sowed the fewest acres in three years, instead turning to less-thirsty crops such as wheat, sorghum and even triticale, a wheat-rye mix popular in Poland. Meanwhile, corn acreage in Manitoba, a Canadian province about 700 miles north of Kansas, has nearly doubled over the past decade due to weather changes and higher prices.
Shifts such as these reflect a view among food producers that this summer’s drought in the U.S. -- the worst in half a century -- isn’t a random disaster. It’s a glimpse of a future altered by climate change that will affect worldwide production.

Perhaps as an investor, Romney might consider this more important:

Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. is investing in northern U.S. facilities, anticipating increased grain production in that part of the country, said Greg Page, the chief executive officer of the Minneapolis-based company.
Maybe the farming folks in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma who vote for Republicans all the time need to ask themselves whether Romney plans to write off their states when the rising frequency of drought and increasing heat from climate change makes farming more and more difficult and less and less profitable in their states.  Can they expect senators like Jim Inhofe to accept reality and actually start saying that government needs to help folks transition out of farming since he’s one of those who kept denying reality so long that all chance of saving agriculture in his state has gone?  The aquifers are running down and the rivers are drying up, or periodically flooding with the “Storms of our Grandchildren” as Jim Hansen puts it, as the fact of climate change inexorably bears down on them.  And if they keep voting against government, who will be there to help them when they have to give up and have to try something else, somewhere else?

When will Kansas and what was once and will be again be called “the Great American Desert” states recognize that reality trumps ideology, whether you like it or not?  Romney isn't just moving jobs and money to China, he and the Republicans they keep voting for are moving them out of the very states they live in as the realities of climate change shift agricultural investment away.

Romney’s ridicule of Obama’s pledge to do something about climate change should be plastered over a picture of the dying cornfields of Kansas, and the caption should be this headline.

And in case folks from the dying current corn belt want to know where they might save a few bucks to pay for the help they are going to need, here's another Bloomberg headline:
US jails more people than any other country

Denying reality costs money and hurts like hell.  We waste more money and lives on pointless and damaging wars against drugs and wars for oil than most folks realize.  It's past time to transition to wind, solar, geothermal and other sources of power, and way past time to figure out better ways to spend our money than jailing folks for non-violent behaviors, or in trying to change human behaviors (like having sex and getting high) that are deeply rooted in our evolved selves.  After all, folks from the desertifying states, you're going to need that money before too long to transition to another way of life, or another place to live.


Maybe the real crime is climate change denial. Lock 'em up?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:31:26 PM PDT

  •  Don't worry, Creationism will save them! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Kansas should go with (3+ / 0-)

    the new power generation - solar and wind (they have a nice wind far out in western Kansas) as well as the Buffalo Commons.  It won't help much of western Kansas maintain population, but I think the sooner they (and eastern Colorado) get started, the sooner they start growing their income.

    •  And to those who think wind won't be reliable (3+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, Gemina13, NoMoreLies

      enough, a well connected continental smart grid with widely enough disbursed wind turbines is as reliable or more reliable than conventional power plants.  After all, the wind is always blowing somewhere (and the sun shines somewhere too).  The internet teaches us many independent distributed points are more reliable than a few concentrated ones.  What we have is  entrenched interests opposing new technology, a very old story.

      America needs a UNION NEWS channel. We (unions) have the money, we have the talent. Don't buy 30 second time slots on corporate media, union leaders; fund your own cable news channel and tell the real story 24/7/365

      by monkeybrainpolitics on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:47:43 PM PDT

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  •  Is climate change... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...(used to be Global Warming) measured on one state or one country or globally?  Globally, according to the latest study, there is no warming.  Not from 1997 to Aug 2012. No discernable warming globally.  From 1980 to 1997 there was marginal warming, while from 1940 to 1980 there was marginal cooling.  Since 1880, when temps were first collected globally, until Aug 2012, there has been a global warming of .6 degrees celsius.  

  •  If Romney were president, he (0+ / 0-)

    would drop every traditional GOP objection by providing tons of federal aid to the red states of the farm belt and the plains states. There is a new dust bowl coming to our midwest, and those states are going to need a lot of help dealing with the effects of AGW.

  •  Those farmers are still getting paid . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    monkeybrainpolitics, Tinfoil Hat

    with our government paid for crop insurance. Its all about the small government, right? I suppose their definition of entitlement changes when they are on the receiving end of the money.

    I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one. Leo Gerard.

    by tgrshark13 on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 05:09:32 PM PDT

  •  Triticale could feed all the world with far less (2+ / 0-)
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    207wickedgood, Tinfoil Hat

    fertilizer and pesticide use, but we don't like the way it tastes. Waaah.

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 05:56:59 PM PDT

    •  Not everyone can eat cereal (0+ / 0-)

      grains that are wheat cultivars and hybrids. And a diet composed almost entirely of wheat is not healthy. One should eat a variety of foods. Increased emphasis on gluten grains will increase the incidence of celiac and gluten intolerance.

      •  That's not the issue AT ALL. We just (0+ / 0-)

        don't like the way it tastes. Period. So we feed it to animals. Some people think it tastes ok. You can find it in health food stores, but the mass market has said "no".

        Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

        by the fan man on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 05:31:55 AM PDT

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        •  That's up to you to make that determination (0+ / 0-)

          only for yourself. Many people do decide whether they want to be celiac or not, and often their guess is dead wrong.  Yes, a person can die from this, or from the many symptoms manifested.

          Like most Americans, I always liked grains and products made from them. But I and many other people, despite what you might want to claim, am much the worse for it. Gluten intolerance and celiac are increasing in this country as higher-gluten hybrids become available and people are urged to eat a lower-quality diet made up of more and more baked goods and pasta all the time.

          It's easy to want it to be a simple issue. It's not.

          •  You're completely missing the point. This wasn't (0+ / 0-)

            created to help celiacs or gluten sensitive individuals. It was made to give the world a better wheat compliment, one that did not need much fertilization and could handle harsher soil conditions. We wheat eaters didn't like the way it tasted. It's that simple.

            Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

            by the fan man on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 03:15:40 PM PDT

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