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Drought taking its toll in Kansas; Brownback warns Kansans against outdoor burning

August 10, 2012

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— The drought has become so severe that Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday warned Kansans against lighting outdoor fires.

"This is a powder keg situation," Brownback said as he convened a meeting to gather information and come up with ideas to help Kansans affected by the drought.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said the drought was devastating. "If you analyze this thing, we are in a major disaster," Rodman said. He added, "We are basically in a constant tornado and we don't see the end of it."

All 105 Kansas counties are covered by a drought disaster declaration and 68, including Douglas County, have imposed bans on outside burning.

In addition to state officials, Brownback gathered ranchers, firefighters, and city officials on the front lines of dealing with the drought to talk about the toll the drought is taking and identify ways to cope with it.

One rancher at the meeting suggested a statewide burn ban, but later Brownback said he would rather local officials make the call on whether to ban outdoor burning in their own areas.

Brownback said he'll also look into harvesting grass along state highway right of ways and at Cedar Crest, his official residence, to provide forage for livestock producers whose supplies are short.

The dry conditions have led to more wildfires, water restrictions, devastated crops, shutdown ethanol plants. Ranchers said the drought is causing a shortage of feed for livestock, which is increasing their costs.

Jerry McReynolds of Woodston, who is chairman of the State Board of Agriculture, said the those increased costs will eventually appear at the supermarket. "This is a feed issue. It will become a food issue," he said.

The state has launched a website, www.Drought.ks.gov, to provide a resource on drought information.

State Climatologist Mary Knapp said Kansas is in the center of an extreme drought that covers much of the country. Knapp said it may take years of average rainfall amounts to get back to normal.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 8 months ago

33 years ago I began developing an innovative new concept energy technology designed to cut energy costs, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, save homeowners and business owners and even towns and cities prodigious amounts of money, reduce greenhouse emissions and address the climate issue, create a means of cutting back on oil imports, provide the means for power utilities to provide cleaner energy and more services to cities and create more jobs. I didn’t undertake this project just to protect the earth from global warming and climate change but over the years I slowly realized the innovation I had invented and developed could do all of this and more if were applied on a very broad scale. I spent tens of thousands of my own dollars and decades of my own time in creating this all inclusive problem-solving innovation that no one seems to understand nor will agree to support. I’ve appealed again and again to our local leaders with suggestions that it be tested and considered, and given a chance to prove its money and environmental saving effectiveness to no avail. They won’t even agree to meet with me and give me a chance to explain how it works and respond to their questions or doubts. So I say to all readers of this rant, when it comes to exhibiting dumb stubbornness Governor Brownback is no better at it than our own local leaders. I can only assume Republicans understand that what I’ve developed is a new approach that can cut fossil fuel use and global warming and since they want to lead us backwards instead of forwards they won’t support it and Democrats all lack a firming device called a backbone and therefore they cannot stand up in support of anything Republicans are united against. Meanwhile Rome burns up in drought and takes our money and our food supply system out with it.

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ShePrecedes 1 year, 8 months ago

Superficial Religion taking its toll in Kansas; ShePrecedes warns Brownback against burning in the fires of Hades,... while Brownback even LOOKS like a Hades Leader.

I always thought Brownback looked a lot like the Devil, which is why he died his hair for a while (misspell intentional0

On his first re-election campaign, the company that staged and marketed his campaign found Brownback to be the poster-child for how they could take a candidate that did nothing for his state in his first term, one who didn't even attend the Senate sessions (not one session!), and get him re-elected.

This info comes one mouth away from the people within that politial marketing company. Just letting you know a tad about what really goes in in DC.

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

brownback outlawing out door fires ?....... NO WAY ! ......THAT WOULD MEAN DOING SOMETHING, OTHER THAN CUTTING TAXES FOR THE RICH & CORPORATE INTERESTS......AND THAT WOULD RUIN HIS SPOTLESS.......CHRISTIAN (?)... ( WHATEVER! )..... REPUTATION !?!?!?!?!

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Phillbert 1 year, 8 months ago

This drought is just a hoax perpetrated by scientists so they can get bigger research grants.

And I don't like Big Gummit telling me what to do. If I want to set a fire that ends up burning down my neighbor's house then by damn I'm going to because it's my right as a 'Merican.

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1 year, 8 months ago

The Guv warns against outdoor burning. He preceded this by a warning on the overuse of water.

Did he warn us against outdoor burning because we would have trouble putting out the fires after we burned him in effigy?

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

heblowsalot....couldn't that extinguish any flame?

Cain't use water and you cain't make fire. Sam has invited the curse of Satan upon us.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 8 months ago

He wants to be just like Texas. Do you suppose God is trying to tell him something? Where are those televangelists now? They said Katrina was New Orleans' punishment.

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prospector 1 year, 8 months ago

The drought , God's way of telling Sam he still sucks.

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Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 8 months ago

headdoctor the brownbackward family is already taken care of when your talking about federal farm subsidies.

Individual Subsidy Recipients 1 to 18 of 18 in Kansas Last Name: BROWNBACK

Sam Brownback Topeka, KS 66610 $ 48,852.00

http://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?s=yup&stab=US&zip=&last=brownback&first=&stab=KS&i=Search+Recipients&fullname=&stab2=AL

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 8 months ago

He's already burning Kansas down with his tax and budget plans. No need for a fire.

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headdoctor 1 year, 8 months ago

First off I figured he would order those attending the meeting to pray for rain. I suppose if there is Federal disaster aid Governor Sam will refuse it except for any that may be applicable to farmers. He wouldn't want his family to miss out on that.

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Trucker_Todd 1 year, 8 months ago

Def. a good call from the governor. I am a bit concerned for cedar crest. Having that many piles of books laying around until rain relief comes has to be unnerving.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

But that ban doesn't include the burning of coal. Sam will happily burn ever more coal, insuring that future summers are even hotter and drier (interspersed by ever-so-quenching 100-year-floods every other year, which used to be classified as 500-year floods.)

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toe 1 year, 8 months ago

Best summer for cold beer ever!

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Ragingbear 1 year, 8 months ago

New Headline: Brownback states obvious, quotes standard government warnings. Local newspapers claim this is news. Film at 11:00.

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