[LMB] OT: verging on forbidden territory: political attitudes about science

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Tue Sep 13 16:40:29 BST 2011

If you like beef, I suggest stocking up on it NOW, and perhaps investing in 
canning equipment and can it, make jerky, etc., because Texas, which had 16% 
of the US beef cattle herds, is disposing of most of them, including the 
heifers that would have been the producers of the next decade's output of 
beef.... the land in the changing climate conditions can't support the 
cattle herds anymore...

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From: phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: verging on forbidden territory: political attitudes 
about science

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 07:14:38AM -0600, Howard Brazee wrote:

> What are they saying we should do after it happens?    Build dikes?
> Move farms to Canada and Siberia?   Prepare for refugees from the
> tropics?

Public granaries to deal with crop failure, and big
irrigation/desalination projects to deal with water supply failure, seem
like the no-brainers to me.  I don't hear many people talking about
them, though.  Especially the granaries (or "strategic food reserve" in
modern terminology), which is pretty scary.  One big volcano that chokes
sunlight and agriculture for 3 years and you can probably knock
civilization over with a feather.

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