Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reports: Midwest Drought Harmed US Economic Growth. Likely Cause: Global Warming

Drought corn
Excerpt Washington Post article:

How Midwest drought damaged US economic growth as well as farmland crops

The worst drought in decades didn’t just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too.
The government said Friday that the U.S. economy grew at a modest 2 percent annual rate from July through September. And the crop-killing drought reduced growth by 0.4 percentage points.

That means normal weather would have lifted economic growth to 2.4 percent for the quarter...
 And the Christian Science Monitor notes in 

Blocking patterns: How global warming might have worsened US drought 

The immediate culprit: patterns of atmospheric flow that steer storms along a given path for weeks, heating and depriving some areas of needed rain while drenching others. Such blocking patterns are a global phenomena, a normal component of Earth's weather systems.

But some researchers suggest that global warming's influence on the Arctic and on the tropics can change circulation patterns in ways that keep blocking patterns in place longer than they otherwise might.
So when Romney/Ryan call for fewer alternative energy programs they are not just helping kill off new alternative energy economic stimulus, they are hurting farmers and the US economy.  And they intend to use more coal which is even a worse Global Warming source than other old energy fuels.

Retrain coal miners or pension them off and educate their kids for the new economy and new energy or at least another energy field.  Don't destroy farming in the US.

 Farmers and people living in farm economy areas should really think about voting for Obama.

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