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Monday, July 22, 2013

Why Don't Farmers Believe in Climate Change? | Mother Jones

Why Don't Farmers Believe in Climate Change? | Mother Jones:

My comment:  ALL of us contribute to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  It's unfortunate that it has become fashionable to blame some other member of society be it agriculture, corporations, whatever even while we all drive cars, use computers , produce magazines, etc. all of which use fossil fuels in great abundance and contribute to an increase in CO2 levels.  The question is what to do about this increase.  I wager that there is NO ONE who is willing to reduce his/er standard of living by any considerable measure;  no one.  It's always the other guy who has to do it. We are always the righteous ones, so our use of fossil fuels is OK since we are engaged in righteous activity.  It's everyone else who has to make adjustments.  The fact is the earth is getting warmer and human activity is contributing to that.  Whether it's causing climate change is less certain.  What IS certain is that some parts of the world will benefit from that climate change, others will not. We also know that we are coming to the end of the most recent inter-glacial (Holocene)  and that previous inter-glacials coincide with changes in the earth's orbit.  We are just coming off the Little Ice Age that lasted between 1250-1850.  The Earth has seen major temperature and climate shifts many times before.   During the previous inter-glacial (the Eemian Period which was between 130,000 and  114,000 years ago) the sea level was about 8 meters higher than today and the North Sea 2 degrees C warmer than today.  There is no question we need to reduce our use of fossil fuels, but let's look to ourselves rather than pick on the other guy.  Reduce your consumption and frankly the best way to do that is by reducing your income by say 50%.  Any takers?  I didn't think so.

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