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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In a speech in Kansas City Saturday, former Vice President Al Gore cited many recent examples of how the heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends. Gore offered a 90-minute presentation using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures. He cited the possibility of how flooding in Pakistan could destabilize that country, a nuclear power, and the possible effect that continuing drought in California might have on the world's food supply. "Think about that," he said. "The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act."

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Gore conceded the possible fatigue some may have with his warnings, as well as the possible sense of powerlessness as to what any one individual can do to affect what appear to be vast, unchangeable trends.

"Do we really have to do this and -- if the answer is yes -- can we do it?" Gore said, repeating two questions he routinely hears.

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And this NUT is what Dems still tell us should have been president??

#1 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-24 01:12 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"I believe that climate change is occurring -- the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor." - Mitt Romney

"I will clean up the planet. "I will make global warming a priority." - John McCain

#2 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2014-02-24 04:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

And this NUT is what Dems still tell us should have been president??

#1 | Posted by Diablo

Anyone who actually WANTS to be President of the United States has to be completely nuts.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-24 08:16 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Criminally insane. He wants to tax life itself (CO2 = life on earth).

#4 | Posted by reitze at 2014-02-24 11:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

"And this NUT is what Dems still tell us should have been president??"

Realize how stupid your comment is when considering the DISASTER that the Presidency of George W. Bush turned out to be. Realize, you lost all credibility when you supported him, why do you still even bother to post? Nothing you say will ever matter again.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2014-02-25 08:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 4

The Dust Bowl wasn't a climate change event. It was poor farming practices that caused it primarily. Too much land plowing exposed a lot of farm ground and a drought followed that caused the erosion to occur.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-25 09:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Dust Bowl wasn't a climate change event. It was poor farming practices that caused it primarily. Too much land plowing exposed a lot of farm ground and a drought followed that caused the erosion to occur.
#6 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-25 09:06 AM

And the next Dust Bowl will be caused by poor resource management and over-reliance on draining the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation (with Red States like Texas and Kansas leading the charge with arrogance and ignorance).

#7 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-25 09:16 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Climate change may be real but this guy is such a scam artist. He overhypes the issue in the dumbest way possible (making it easier to skeptics to laugh the whole thing off) while at the same time investing in companies that sell climate change snake oil like carbon offsets.

Just a despicable person really....

#8 | Posted by sully at 2014-02-25 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

#7

we improved our farming practices to avoid a "dust bowl".

Yes, I'm aware of the Ogallala Aquifer and it's depletion. Thanks anyway.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-25 09:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

For those interested in the draining of the Ogallala, here is an article on some restrictions Texas has recently placed on pumping. Too bad 29% of the Texas portion, which took 10,000 years to create, has already been depleted in the last few decades.

#10 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-25 09:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

Al Gore, just another democrat with no basic knowledge of history or current events as in the delta smelt.

#11 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-02-25 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yep, and so are the dinosaurs. Ozone Al, and to think we almost had this idiot as a president. Thank god that did not happen.

#12 | Posted by gtjr at 2014-02-25 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

we improved our farming practices to avoid a "dust bowl". #9 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-25 09:25 AM

I guess that remains to be seen.

The cowardly, agribusiness-loving Texas legislature left the "rule of capture" alone while trying to allow some water management districts the right to limit pumping. The rule of capture allows landowners to pump water to their heart's content, even if it drains water from land owned by others, thereby creating a "tragedy of the commons" situation. Texas judges, likely bowing to the power of those who donate to their re-election campaigns, seem to siding with the pumpers rather than the conservers, going so far as to order damages against water management districts for lost productivity of farmland caused by pumping restrictions, thereby throwing enforcement of pumping restrictions into question.

#13 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-25 09:54 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

and the possible effect that continuing drought in California might have on the world's food supply. "Think about that," he said. "The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act."

So what does the federal government do....

In a crushing reminder of the state's parched plight, federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project -- California's largest water delivery system -- will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.
www.contracostatimes.com

#14 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-02-25 10:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

California is at 20% of normal rainfall. There is no snow at Mammoth. This is going to reduce fruits, vegetables and cotton production.

#15 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-25 10:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Poor Danni, still blaming Bush for all of the worlds problems, but I do understand, its all she's got left...

#16 | Posted by lomiglio at 2014-02-25 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

#14 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Yeah that's right, even though the water simply isn't there, it's all the federal governments fault...

#17 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-02-25 12:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

" only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties."

No problem. Just take shorter showers, Mackris. The water is needed for your local golf course.

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-25 12:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | POSTED BY DANNI

Only in your mind dan.

#19 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-25 01:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

California is at 20% of normal rainfall. There is no snow at Mammoth. This is going to reduce fruits, vegetables and cotton production.

#15 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

And what little water they have is going to the ocean for a little fish.

#20 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-25 01:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

He wants to tax life itself (CO2 = life on earth).
#4 | Posted by reitze

Actually, that's about what it would take. Which is why I think we're doomed. If we made the massive changes in society and technology that would be needed to reduce per capita CO2 production 50%, and population doubled, it doesn't take a math genius to figure out where that leaves us.

The basic physics of global warming is high school level. Figuring out exactly when Miami will be under water takes big computers and real smarts. But the basics are very simple. The first peer reviewed paper linking fossil fuels to warming climate was written in 1896. en.wikipedia.org But it was based on earlier work, so to deny global warming you have to deny everything science has learned since the civil war. Evidently that's not too big a step for some people. Sigh. But how can they use a computer to do it???

#21 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-02-25 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"And what little water they have is going to the ocean for a little fish."

Sniper go back to Halo and leave politics to adults.

#22 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-25 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Farmers shouldn't be growing water-intensive crops like rice in the Central Valley anyway. The California Water Project was a huge mistake.

#23 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-25 01:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

It may yet turn out that agriculture itself is a huge mistake. Short term gain for long term loss. Ten thousand years is relatively short compared to 200,000 or a million years of human existence.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-02-25 04:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"It may yet turn out that agriculture itself is a huge mistake."

When you next have a twisted ankle think about how nice it is to not need to keep up with a tribe of nomads.

#25 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-25 05:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Still waiting for Reitze to inform us peasants on how the Bush Presidency was far, far better than anything Gore could have done...

#26 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-02-25 05:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

So, did all give up private jets and his 4 20,000 square feet homes???

#27 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-02-25 06:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

What's the definition of 'soon' to Al??

#28 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-02-25 06:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

snipe,

that fish is merely a legal weapon to force re-balancing. Perpetual growth can only end in disaster. Narrow minded greedy bastards are destroying the country and not because of any entitlements.

#29 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-25 11:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Realize how stupid your comment is when considering the DISASTER that the Presidency of George W. Bush turned out to be. Realize, you lost all credibility when you supported him, why do you still even bother to post? Nothing you say will ever matter again.

#5 | Posted by danni

I did not vote for Bush, Danni, and have OFTEN posted Bush and Obama are equally responsible for this dead economy.
Again: why do you continue to assign views to me I never had? It is as easy as lying....because it is.

#30 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-26 02:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

He wants to tax life itself (CO2 = life on earth).

Put a bag over your head and explain this to me in...oh...about 10 minutes.

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2014-02-26 02:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sniper go back to Halo and leave politics to adults.

#22 | Posted by Tor

Saving the delta smelt is politics? What planet are you from?

#32 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-26 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Put a bag over your head and explain this to me in...oh...about 10 minutes.

#31 | Posted by jpw

Put that bag over your own head and tell me how long a plant would live without c02.

#33 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-26 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

I know it's bad, but I can not quit flying my private jet around the Country... Al Gore

#34 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-02-26 08:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Put that bag over your own head and tell me how long a plant would live without c02.

Gee thanks, sniper, where would I be without you to teach me such obscure things?

Except we're not currently undergoing a state of CO2 decline, are we?

#35 | Posted by jpw at 2014-02-26 11:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

"Saving the delta smelt is politics? What planet are you from?"

One where fish are part of a food chain.

#36 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-26 11:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

My grandparents survived the dust bowl. We have changed the way we farm in the last 70 years. Included are terms that Al never heard of, low till/no till, couriered fields, low impact farming, dry land crops- the list goes on. Farmers have learned a lot about haw to keep their top soil on the high plains.

#37 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-02-27 05:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone smart enough to invent the internets should be listened to and worshipped.

#38 | Posted by aescal at 2014-02-27 05:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

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