Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brownback to tour drought-ravaged areas of Kansas

July 12, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback heads to southwestern Kansas this week for a fresh look at conditions caused by persistent drought.

Brownback toured the rain-deprived counties of Finney, Gray, Haskell and Meade in early May. On Wednesday he plans to visit Morton, Stevens and Seward counties, in the southwestern-most corner of the state.

Nearly half of Kansas has been declared in a drought emergency because of extreme conditions for the past year. Some western sections have barely received half their normal rainfall since late spring of 2010.

Brownback will visit Wednesday with agriculture producers and local government leaders about the drought's effects. Also making the trip will be Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman and Water Office Executive Director Tracy Streeter.


deec 6 years, 6 months ago

Good thing the farmers have their Federal welfare crop subsidies and crop insurance.

speedy47 6 years, 6 months ago

Yep, deec, our small family farm can put a lot of food on the table with that $200 farm subsidy and the crop insurance ought to pay most of the crop expenses.

deec 6 years, 6 months ago

And your small family farm is not the problem. The top 10% that collect 70% of the benefits are. Can you think of another job that the government pays private individuals to do for their own profit?

BruceWayne 6 years, 6 months ago

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tomatogrower 6 years, 6 months ago

God does not listen to old Sam. Trust me on this one. I can't wait until Sam meets God, and God starts questioning him about cutting off poor people and children. Old Sammie will be sweating then, but not in heaven.

riverdrifter 6 years, 6 months ago

Smilin' Sam did pray for rain and it came -in Montana and the Dakotas. Now the Missouri is out of its banks for hundreds of miles. Sam ought to do like George Carlin and pray to Joe Pesci.

Chris Golledge 6 years, 6 months ago

Our pumping of CO2 into the air has changed the thermodynamics of the planet. The climate dice have become loaded, and we can expect unusual weather patterns to be less unusual. Look for more and more of the same as the levels of CO2 increase.

Will every year be bad? No, but the occurrence of bad years will increase for as long as we continue to alter the balance of the planet's energy budget.

verity 6 years, 6 months ago

Since our extra cold winter proved that there is no global warming, I'm wondering if this extra hot and dry summer is proving that there is.

(OK, I'm being sarcastic. I've been told to warn people, although I didn't think my sarcasm is that subtle.)

I'm afraid we may already have tipped the balance. Anyone who has studied climate and the changes since we've been able to ascertain them knows that it doesn't take much to tip the earth's climate into either an ice age or a period of unusual heat and it can happen in a matter of a few years. Or course this can happen because of any number of naturally occurring phenomena, but we're making it worse.

Can we adapt? Look at history.

Chris Golledge 6 years, 6 months ago

While I agree with most of what you said, I'm not sure that history will be much good at predicting our ability to adapt to what is coming. We are pushing the planet to a climate state that has not existed for at least 20 million years. We are probably looking at PETM-like conditions, about 55 million years ago, within the next 100 years or so (or a bit more depending on lag time of the ice sheets and ocean), if we continue business as usual. There were not any people, wheat, corn, or rice at that time; so, it remains to be seen how well these species will do under those conditions.

verity 6 years, 6 months ago

You are correct---I was being a bit flippant when I said look at history. What I meant is look at how many species went extinct when the climate changed. We're playing with fire and I mean that literally, not as a figure of speech.

Brock Masters 6 years, 6 months ago

What does the tour accomplish exactly? Who doesn't already know what dry parched land looks like? Does looking at it and saying, "yep, it sure is dry here" make it any better or provide any insight that will bring about solutions that would not be available if they didn't kick up the dust?

gudpoynt 6 years, 6 months ago

I imagine that a little hand shaking goes a long way in securing votes from constituents who otherwise might be less forgiving if all they had to look at was policy.

Ewok79 6 years, 6 months ago

Tour?? For what exactly?? We all know it's dry as the desert out there. And Sam's always trying to save a penny here & there. So why don't he use that money he's gonna waste draggig his lazy @$$ out there & just give it to the people. OH, ya it's all about secureing VOTES!!!

Andrew Reeves 6 years, 6 months ago

Brownback to hire Koch lawyers for case against Planned Parenthood.

"The state typically employs its attorney general as a defense counsel at no extra cost to Kansas taxpayers" but....

"After passing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood over the non-issue of "taxpayer-funded abortions" last month, the state of Kansas has hired an expensive team of private attorneys — the same attorneys who represent the billionaire Koch brothers — to defend the state against Planned Parenthood in court."

So, if I'm correct, taxpayers will pay more for the lawyers than the initial amount of funding to PP. Makes sense. (facepalm)

verity 6 years, 6 months ago

"Kansas has spent more than $500,000 in legal fees and other expenses to defend former state Attorney General Phill Kline (R) and two of his aides against alleged violations of the state's attorney ethics code, the AP/Wichita Eagle reports (AP/Wichita Eagle, 4/17)."

Oh, yeah, we're gona pay, again and again and again.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 6 months ago

The entire state of Kansas is ravaged by the lack of leadership and the fraud of governance by this religious minion. A draught of responisbility and accountability to no one but the Republican Terrorist Party and it's facist policies that has discredited and created havoc in the various agencies that this incompetant boob has wreaked upon the land of Oz. Sorry, Dorothy, there are a lot things worse in Kansas than a mere tornado.

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