Do you remember your geography studies from Elementary School? I remember studding the various countries the borders climate, major crops and exports, and their religion. Perhaps there were other subjects as well, but good grief that was in the 40's -- yep long time ago.

We seem to confuse climate with weather when so-called climate change is mentioned by the press or by John Kerry or Al Gore. There last WEF meeting in Davos was interesting. Many, many small private jet aircraft arrived at Davos - unloaded and then flew on to a larger airport to make room for the come- on flights (pollution from the fuel Jet A. Naaah?) One commenter stated that maybe rice production should end. Sorry I cannot give you his name, but this is what he said - "Rice paddies are flooded prior to planting, weeds are covered by the water and are killed. During decomposition they emit methane, the greatest of greenhouse gasses." (paraphrased) so we must not only kill our cattle, but also stop rice production; another whacky announcement. Tropical and subtropical regions such as India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, southern China, and Brazil all grow rice. In the U.S. Louisiana is a major producer; so in the major growing regions no rice. Rice is a major staple small grain in the diets of these Asian - Pacific peoples, there is no substitute. Ending rice production is not going to happen. (Can't imagine Louisiana without Cajun Jumbolia or red beans and rice.)

Now to climate regions; there are these major climates listed - Tropical, Dry, Temperate, Continental, Polar. Canada is very likely Continental; Southern U.S. is likely Tropical, and Iowa and Midwest likely Temperate. Thus: Climate is a long term patter of weather in a particular area. Weather can change from hour-to-hour day-to-day, month-to-month or even year to year (as our winter weather has changed from mild to blizzard over the last five or so years) - A regions weather patterns usually tracked for at least 30 years, are considered its climate. As I have observed over my 82 orbits around the sun weather changes and then changes back Blizzards of April '73 and New Year 's Eve '81 were memorable. In the '81 blizzard we were snowed out and stayed with a neighbor six days and nights. Wind chill that night was minus 90 F. There is no doubt he saved the lives of three children and their Mom and Dad.

When the attendees of the WEF sacrifice what they want the rest of us to do - maybe, just maybe they may become credible. Until then I won't do the "whacky" things they dream up. Question everything even the existence of a higher power. Truth comes - there is a God.

Regards and blessings,

John Stiegelmeyer


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GB January 22, 2024, 9:42 pm Very well put and articulate John. Thank you!
BT January 23, 2024, 1:05 pm Ditto to GB. Always enjoy what you write.
DL January 23, 2024, 1:41 pm So, someone opined "Maybe rice production should end"? Do you have the context as to how he said it? Among numerous possibilities, my guess is that someone was giving a presentation on the effects of this process. This person then, in a joking manner, made his comment. The joke would be predicated on the fact that killing off 2 billion people, might save our planet. Much like the "killing all cows" rhetoric that a large group of people have taken seriously, because one of their leaders mentioned it one time.
RB January 23, 2024, 4:57 pm 80% of our scientist agree we are contributing to climate change. It is beyond any doubt we are contributing to poor air quality. The number of people with asthma and allergies have skyrocketed since I was a kid.

Moving toward renewable energy is the right thing to do even if you don’t like John Kerry or Al Gore. You have hit on a problem. We are by far one of the worst polluters but so is China and India.

The question is what type of environment do we want to leave for our grandchildren. What we are doing now is not sustainable and will end up costing more in disaster relief, limited water supplies, and clean air, etc.
GB January 24, 2024, 12:52 pm It depends on where you do the research to come up with the percentage of scientists who agree on the causes of global warming. Some studies show it to be 60%. Then if you look at what meteorologists say it can also be different depending on who you ask. Not all can even agree climate change is anything more than a myth being pushed by the liberal agenda.
Whether you believe humans are contributing/ creating climate change or not, China produces over twice as much Co2 emissions each year as the United States. Does anyone really believe China is going to follow the same green energy policies as the current administration is pushing for our country? I can say with confidence they will not.
I find it to be idiotic and very foolish to push green energy on anyone in this country when virtually nothing is going to be done to hold China to the same standards. There will be the usual blow bags that respond with sarcasm that China has agreed to do this or do that and yet those individuals are as naive as much as our presidential leadership is incompetent. These are the same fools now trying to convince us that men can be women and women can be men.
I sincerely doubt that global warming is the greatest threat to our country. Right now the greatest threat is incompetent leadership pushing ridiculous and shameful policies and agendas on the rest of us.
PK January 24, 2024, 1:24 pm Well...I can tell you one problem the Clown in the White House right now is leaving our grandchildren and our great grandchildren and far beyond...the continually growing problem of illegal immigrants or migrants or whatever the H you call them...here in OUR America. And it ain't funny, Joe!!! And it will cost ALL of them even more than it does now!!!
PK January 25, 2024, 1:00 pm GB...YOUR last two lines say it all!!!

Now we have an Abbott/Biden war going on. Or should I say "continuing"? THESE PEOPLE have ruined the state of Texas and are working on destroying the rest of OUR America. America the Beautiful is NOT true anymore in too many places.
[Who wants to see dirty clothes, old blankets, cardboard boxes, trash, and human waste near where they live?] I want to see farm fields planted with corn and beans and a farm dog guarding the property. I want to see small towns with people talking over the fences with smiles on their faces after they've mowed their green lawns. I want to continue to have picturesque 50 states, the ones who used to be on post cards.

Governor Abbott can do more to preserve our lovely scenery from a wheelchair than Biden can do shuffling around on two legs. If Biden believes he is putting on a show for Americans by this "battle"...HE IS WRONG!!!!! HE DOESN'T GET IT. Americans DO NOT want THESE PEOPLE here ruining OUR country and leaving filth behind!!!!!

STAND FOR OUR GROUND, Governor Abbott!!!!!
DE January 26, 2024, 2:29 pm Apropos of nothing, that 90degree turn out on the east side of town, by the baseball fields and the road off to the sewage plant used to be known as Mexican Camp Corner.
DC January 26, 2024, 7:20 pm Well bless you're cotton pickin little heart for that DE.....