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Summer may have just begun, but most of the world in the last week languished under heavy loads of heat, waves and waves of it. Experts see no end in sight. And the lower 48 states of the U. S. must prepare for those heat waves now.
Even ‘always-chilly’ Alaska now suffers extraordinarily hot weather. Writing for Eco-Watch, Cole Mellino explains: “The signs of rapid warming in Alaska were everywhere this past winter. Now the 49th state experienced a heat wave at the end of May. Over Memorial Day weekend, while Texas was being inundated with floods, parts of Alaska were warmer than Arizona.”
“This may sound like nothing compared to the current heat wave in India, “but north of the Arctic Circle, this is extreme warmth for late May,” Mellino quotes The Weather Channel. In India, both The Extinction Protocol (EP) and The New Indian Express increase the heat wave death toll there to over 1,826.
EP writes: “Hospitals in India are struggling to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heat wave. Hundreds of people––mainly from the poorest sections of society––die at the height of summer every year in India but this year’s figures are unusually high. In southern Andhra Pradesh––by far the worst-hit state––1,020 people have died since May 18, more than double the number of heat-related deaths for the whole of last year. Experts expect those numbers to rise.”
Even Europe swelters under the blazing sun. Reporting or the Washington Post this weekend, Angela Fritz illustrates: “Parts of Europe are sizzling on Friday as an early-season heat wave sweeps across the continent. . . it’s pretty early the season for temperatures of this magnitude in northern Europe. Late-afternoon highs were surging into the low 90s, particularly in the Rhine River Valley in southwest Germany and eastern France.”
In Vancouver, CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe says it felt 30 degrees warmer in Canada this weekend. CBC reporters Kiran Dhillon and Tamara Baluja quote her: “That is rare for this time of year, and will likely break some records. This is pretty early on in the season to see these temperatures.
“. . . it’s important people prepare themselves for the heat and watch for signs of heat stroke. Because this is so much hotter than what we’re used to at this time of year, watch for symptoms of heat illness, dizziness, nausea, fainting and make sure to stay hydrated.” Officials are denying rights for large campfires.
Wholesale Christian Bibles refers to such destructive, even deadly, hot weather as one of the end-time plagues: “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory (Revelation 16: 9).” Thus, we have more signs that it is time for Christians to repent and pray in love for lost souls for a true Wave of Holy Ghost revival that men may be saved from never-ending burning heat.
Repriestly: Ok John what’s wrong?
John: Well, before she went on vacation, Jael told us to cover the story on the U.N. Climate summit and the various marches around the world warning about Global Warming. But now nobody wants to do the story. Sarah Newsworthy told me to handle it as she was busy working with Mr. Butterman on the 35,000 walruses hopelessly stranded in Alaska, because of so much melted sea water.
Ally Feermeno said no one in Asia cares about that, and hung up the phone. Ida Wells said she could do an expose on the corporate conglomerates fighting against Global Warming, none of whom were mentioned at the U.N. meeting. And the kids scream that I must tell about all the animals Global Warming is killing.
Jim Seerfar said it had nothing to do with his work about space, unless I wanted to discuss more massive wastes of money, and Cecil Certifier said the whole U.N. thing was a show of insanity if I wanted him to write about that.
They just don’t want to do it. They say it is simply a matter of ‘too little–– too late.’ And they are angry that after this blog team has worked tirelessly for years to wake people up about Global Warming, governments have done so little. What am I to do? Jael will be back soon. She’ll be furious if we’ve done nothing.
Repriestly: Well John, it looks like you’ll have to write it yourself. So try!
John: O.K. here goes: John H, Cushman, Jr. says in ‘UN Climate Summit Achieves Successes, But Does It Really Matter?’: “At the end of his summit meeting . . ., UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon put out a list of accomplishments festooned with 46 bullet points, some of them marking concrete new pledges, others diaphanous phrases.” I looked that up. It means ‘ insubstantial.’
At the end he complains: “Unless the environmental movement provides the power to overcome the political resistance that for decades has hobbled U.S. negotiators at climate treaty talks, the demonstrators who thronged 50 blocks of midtown Manhattan might as well have stretched their legs on 310,000 treadmills.”
Mark Hertsgaard asks in ‘The People’s Climate March Was Huge, but Will It Change Everything?’ He pointed out that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund controlling that family’s wealth built by Standard Oil is totally divesting from fossil fuels, but that March leaders agreed it was only a first step, and many others must follow.
AFP News staff writers reveal in ‘UN Climate Fund Still Far Short of Goal’ that major nations have given little toward their pledge of $ 2.3 billion to help poor nations deal with ‘rising temperature disasters’. They quote Tim Gore from Oxfam:
“. . . the UN summit had offered “only a partial and piecemeal response. After four long years, the cash is starting to land in the Green Climate Fund, albeit at little more than a trickle.” They also report that world leaders are to meet next year in Paris to make ‘solid’ plans against Climate Change.
So Rev. anyway it looks like those main stream media writers agree with our motley crew––its all a matter of too-little and too-late. I told our gang I was going to tell you about their refusals and that said to ask you to pray for them.
Repriestly: And indeed I will John. Remember what wholesale Christian sweat shirts say: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5: 4), and to overcome the world’s laziness about Global Warming we must increase our faith!
Weather prognosticators seem to agree: Winter 2014-15 for most of the country will be colder and more snowy than normal. Some even predict the snowy season will start as early as mid-October. So time to prepare!
Andrew of the Weather Center, who reports to this blog daily, predicts: “The potential for a wintry storm in the October 10-15 period is being monitored, as well as its impacts on the new Lezak Recurring Cycle”––i.e. continuing for weeks, etc.
In one graphic he sees: “ . . . a storm system pushing north through the Midwest . . . dropping impressive rains over Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and parts of Michigan. However, the 850mb temps appear to be near to just below freezing over central Michigan, where we see a rather sharp cutoff in the precipitation shield.
“The 850mb level, located about 5,000 feet off the ground, being below freezing can indicate snow . . . The temperature profiles for the atmosphere in general . . . where snow appears the most “likely” to occur . . . the backside of this storm could drag down some cold air, which might allow for some flakes to fly in parts of the North/Central US.”
In ‘Chicago Winter Forecast Could Be Wild In 2014-15’, John Dodge warns: “Meteorologists don’t take much stock in predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which is calling for a frigid winter season, but there are more scientific signs that Chicago would see a wild one in 2014-15.
“The 2013-14 winter went down as one of the worst in Chicago’s history, both in terms of the amount of snow and wicked cold.” Like most T.V. broadcasters, he doesn’t admit global warming contributes to such weather, but cites warmer temperatures from El Nino, which is, in effect, the same thing.
Moreover, Dodge reminds his audience of last winter’s term ‘Polar Vortex.’
As he says, ‘professional weathermen’ don’t ‘believe’ in Farmer’s Almanac. But that tried and true old reliable book says the same thing in its 2015 edition: “ . . . the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians.
“The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow to the lee of the Lakes.
“No region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures . . .
Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting an active storm track with a number of storms delivering copious amounts of snow and rain. . . . The Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average precipitation.”
So remember the drills for house, car and clothing, as well as what Apostle Paul begs: “Do thy diligence to come before winter . . . (2 Timothy 4: 21),” i.e. prepare each soul for salvation through The LORD Jesus Christ as well.
Of course, strong Christians, like David’s warriors, can win great battles this winter: “ . . . he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow (2 Samuel 23: 20).” Now that’s a verse for plus-sized Christian sweatshirts!
With bad memories from last winter’s freezing cold, perhaps many were hoping for this coming season to be milder, but weather specialists seem to agree on another extremely frigid cold, snow-filled winter outlook for 2014-15.
The old reliable Farmer’s Almanac predicts in ‘More Shivery And Shovelry! Read Our 2015 Winter Forecast’: “After the frigid, bitterly cold, and snow-filled winter last year, many of you are wondering just what this winter might bring. Could it possibly be as bad as last?” Well yes, maybe even worse!
Caleb Weatherbee writes for Farmer’s: “According to the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”
Wanna hear more from the old Almanac, which has been 80% correct on weather predictions? Don’t want to? Oh well, here goes: “The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow to the lee of the Lakes.”
Matthew Holliday of firsthandweather.com forecasts: “I am seeing strong indications that the central and eastern United States will see another brutally cold winter with some areas in the eastern United States potentially getting even colder temperatures than last winter. This will partially be driven by El Nino Modoki . . .”
Rob Guarino of liveweatherblogs.com blithely adds: “After a record year in the Midwest & the East Coast, El Nino will have a big impact going into the 2014-2015 winter season. . . .we see a 73% chance of El Nino at this point and we feel this is GAME ON in a month or so!
“The biggest influence will be in the South as the southern jet and El Nino produce a few big time winter storms with snow and ice. The key to the entire winter will be the intensity of the now trending El Nino. The trend would be to a moderate to perhaps strong El Nino and depending on where you live this will have an small or large impact on your winter forecast.”
Wanna hear more? No? O.K. So get the quilts out. Check the furnace. Try to arrange for alternate sources of heat in case of a power outage. O. K. Don’t go there. So, stock up on foods, especially canned goods. Dust off the heating ducts.
Get some ‘long johns’––at least a pair or two. Mend sweaters and socks. And for Pete’s sake (you know, the one standing at the Pearly Gates), get thick window covers or at least those plastic sheets to keep cold air out.
Hmmm. Let’s see: Remember what Apostle Paul begs, as Taryn of I.E. Plexus lists on wholesale Christian sweatshirts: “Do thy diligence to come before winter (2 Timothy 4: 21).” Not just the weather, but spiritually he suggests one accepts Christ before the coldness of death closes in. When Jesus returns, however, winter’s on earth won’t be harsh anymore: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8: 22).” So either way, please get ready!!!!
Still think Global Warming is some kind of political hoax? Still don’t recognize that this year’s July and August will go down in history as the ‘coolest’ summer months in history? Still don’t think it strange that California’s historic drought comes with destructive fires in Washington state? Still think all is o.k.?
Well it is time to Wake Up! These endless pelts from nature on our nation are not normal. Neither are this week’s torrential rain storms sweeping through half the U.S. Call it deluge, monsoon or ‘unusually’ heavy storm––Global Warming reminds Mid-Atlantic and East Coast that it still reigns.
Major American cities have water standing in streets, highways washed out, concrete roads buckled, etc. Thanks to these hellish rains, hundreds of homeowners with flooded basements discover their homeowners insurance doesn’t pay for such damage. And this prelude of things to come, preys yet more on small businesses.
Most cities, counties and states affected have declared states of emergency. In ‘Storm Of Historic Proportions’ Dumps 13 Inches Of Rain In Some Spots Of Long Island,‘ CBS News quotes Joe Pollina of the National Weather Service:
“From Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning, Islip [New York] got more than 13 inches of rain, more than the normal total for June, July and August of 11.75 inches. More than 5 inches of it fell in just a one-hour period.”
When he declared his area an urgent emergency, Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone, insisted: “It was unprecedented and unpredicted — the size, the extent, the scale. This could be a 500-year storm we just witnessed.”
In the Detroit area, some drivers express shock as towing company charge as high as $ 900 to get stalled cars out of muck and mire. Leonard N. Fleming of Detroit News blares: “After coping with frightening floodwaters that stalled their cars during the heaviest one-day rainfall in 90 years, motorists are pummeled by whopping bills for getting their cars towed off streets and expressways.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder quipped “simply a record event of rain.” Meteorologist Steve Considine adds: “We were maybe surprised by some of the higher amounts. It not just developed quickly but right over the heart of Detroit.”
Kamai Algahmie of Dearborn laments that his house and those of his brother and parents all had flooded basements: “Maybe I would’ve made sure my stuff wasn’t flat out on the floor . . . But maybe the water would’ve come up to the table. You really can’t do anything when it comes to that point.”
And sewer systems? They are wholly inadequate to absorb such massive storms. As Craig Covey of a county water board says: “This is going to become more normal and we need to understand that ‘100-year storm’ is an outdated term.
“They can ignore it and we can hobble along with Band-Aids, rubber bands and glue, but if we wish to prepare and not have to go through drama of flooded streets, electrical outages and crumbling bridges, then we need to get smarter about the future.” Covey, of course understands these massive rains are Global Warming!
Then all of this doesn’t matter to those who won’t face the truth about Global Warming. As wholesale Christian Bibles recounts an earlier flood event: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of The LORD (Genesis 6: 8).” The millions of others who wouldn’t heed warnings were simply overcome by the waves!
But no matter how they ‘wax poetic’ about the coming cold, the message is the same. Summer will look like early winter in most parts of the country, even as far south as Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Generally, meteorologists all agree that for most of the nation temperatures will be 20 degrees below normal.
Jason Samenow of The Washington Post yells: “Call it the ghost of the polar vortex, the polar vortex sequel, or the polar vortex’s revenge . . . But make no mistake, in parts of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest getting dealt the chilliest air, hoodies and jeans will be required. Highs in this region could well get stuck in the 50s and 60s – especially where there is considerable cloud cover.”
Yahoo News’ Dylan Stableford pines: “Remember the polar vortex? That weather pattern that sent temperatures plummeting across much of North America last winter, causing the Niagara Falls to partly freeze? Well, it’s back — sort of.
“Forecasters say polar air from the Arctic Ocean is expected to arrive in Canada and the United States next week, bringing unseasonably cool temperatures to the eastern half of the country.” And this unseasonably cold weather could last from six to ten days (i.e. or longer). Hm, remind anyone of last winter?
The Extension Protocol makes it sound even worst: “ Instead of warm summer-like conditions it will feel more like fall. Temperatures are likely to be 5-10°C below normal. This will keep daytime highs buried in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits.
“This cold air is expected to move as far south as Texas where record low temperatures could be broken. When you average the temperatures we have seen for the first 9 days of July we are already 3°C below normal. Adding on this upcoming cold outbreak will likely cause the entire month to end up below average. This would mean that six of the first seven months of 2014 have brought below normal temperatures . . . only June was near normal.”
But the National Weather Center also predicts it will be hotter than normal for six to ten days in the West––i.e. Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and California. Oh my, for bathing suit weather, maybe everyone should go there!
Yet, abc7chicago.com brings some consolation: “Residents won’t need boots or shovels, but a sweater may come in handy in the evenings. The July version of the ‘polar vortex’ that brought a deep freeze over Chicago for much of the winter wouldn’t involve snow.”
OK so no snow, but surely plus size Christian sweatshirts may be needed. Of course, the Book of Job predicted this: “Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north (37: 9).” Hm again. Whirlwind sounds like hurricane. Is that what’s coming next? Maybe Jeremiah said it best: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved (8: 20).”
Other nations, and some states within the U.S., most damaged by Global Warming have done the least to prepare for its next ravaging waves. As SPX News Service advices, “World leaders are failing to adopt advanced early warning systems that could save millions of lives in disaster-prone regions.
“Technological breakthroughs mean that mobile phones can be used to alert millions of people to impending perils such as tsunamis and typhoons. But with a few notable exceptions, governments have been too slow to appreciate the life-saving potential of cheap and simple warning systems that could have eased the 3,600 death toll from the Philippines Haiyan typhoon.”
Even as Japan’s leaders concentrate on opening more nuclear power plants, Antoni Slodkowski of Reuters writes in: ‘Japan’s Quake Defenses Not Enough, Official Reports Warn’: “. . . two studies predicted much higher waves could hit and . . . quake damage [to nuclear plants] could be bigger than it was prepared for. . . . a quake as big as the one in 2011 could trigger waves topping 112 feet.”
However, a good example of preparedness for Global Warming in the U.S. is New York State. According to Ken Lovett of The Daily Politics, after Hurricane Sandy’s multiple disasters, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature put systems in place to strengthen that area’s defenses against Global Warming.
First, they plan to plug all 540 openings in the subway system to prevent flooding in future storms. The governor says: “Subway tunnels and stairways will have sealing devices to hold back flood waters that wreaked havoc during Hurricane Sandy and caused a multi-day shutdown of the system.
“As part of a $ 5 billion upgrade, we’re going to fundamentally redesign of the subway system since it was created over 100 years ago. We’re going to retrofit the entire system, every facet of the system. . . . from train yards to the tunnels.
Moreover, officials there announced that New York City’s two major airports will be upgraded, and 100 bridges throughout the state will be repaired or replaced so they can withstand severe storms. The state received $ 16 billion in federal relief funds for some 1,000 projects state-wide to help recovery from Sandy.
Generators and gas reserves will enable gas stations to service customers if if tankers cannot get through flood waters. Electrical substations and some roadways will be elevated, and moveable storm walls built for coastal areas. Also, engineers will create ‘micro-grids’ in areas to supplement main power stations.
New York is purchasing 321 homes on Staten Island to create wetlands as buffers. The state’s weather detection system will be expanded. Some 100,000 people will be trained for a “citizens first responder corp;” and the state is creating a college exclusively to train for emergency preparedness and homeland security.
In contrast, a state like New Jersey, which received multi-millions in Sandy aide, has done little to prepare for the next major storm. The U.S. attorney is investigating claims of one city mayor who asked for funds to strengthen storm walls and was apparently turned down because she wouldn’t grant political favors.
Leaders of cities, states and nations are ‘fathers’ responsible for the safety their people. And scientists warning about Global Warming are modern-day prophets. ‘Fathers’ who don’t protect their people from Climate Change must repent as Daniel cries in Bible prophecies: “Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in Thy Name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land (9:6).” Otherwise, only judgment awaits!
Leaked copies of draft copies of the next United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Global Warming contains harsher realities about its global dangers, rising tides and temperatures, and ‘unrecoverable’ nations.
Suzanne Goldenberg’s article for theguardian.com, ‘IPCC Report: Climate Change Felt ‘On All Continents and Across the Oceans,’ quotes: “Climate change has already left its mark ‘on all continents and across the oceans,’ damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers.
Some issues may be in dispute, theguardian.com avers: “But governments have already signed off on the critical finding that climate change is already having an effect, and that even a small amount of warming in the future could lead to ‘abrupt and irreversible changes.’
“. . . changes in climate [cause] impacts on natural and human systems on all continents . . . The gravest . . . was to . . . low-lying coastal areas and small islands, because of storm surges, coastal flooding and sea-level rise. . . people living in large urban areas [are] also at risk from inland flooding [wiping] out homes and businesses, water treatment centers and power plants, [and] extreme heat waves.”
The report also emphasis that food production––from drought, flooding and erratic rainfalls––is at risk; changing ocean chemistries affect fisheries; drought threatens drinking water, and more fierce storms may hit electrical infrastructures.
Although the report said rigorous action may reduce some consequences, perhaps Goldenberg’s words strike the most damning admission of IPCC’s findings: “But the report also acknowledges that a certain amount of warming is already locked in, and that in some instances there is no way to escape the effects of climate change.” As George Monbiot asks, ‘So, After the IPCC Report, Which Bit of the World Are You Prepared to Lose?” Clearly, he speaks of island nations.
He argues that governments led by capitalistic deniers of Climate Change equate the inevitable lost of smaller island nations with those of insurance actuaries to which businesses, countries and people must adjust––and that is heartless!
In ‘Fiji Leader Invites Climate-hit Kiribati Residents to Relocate,’ AFP’s Staff already reported ‘Fiji Leader Invites Climate-hit Kiribati Residents to Relocate:’ “If the sea level continues to rise because the international community won’t tackle global warming, some or all of the people of Kiribati may have to come and live in Fiji,” President Epeli Nailatikau said recently.
AFP explores: “Kiribati is among a number of island states––including Tuvalu, Tokelau and the Maldives––that the UN Human Rights Commission is concerned could become “stateless” due to climate change.”
Gardiner Harris’s report coincides with AFP. In ‘Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change,’ Harris reveals: “Bangladesh, with its low elevation and severe tropical storms, is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, though it has contributed little to the emissions that are driving it.”
Frankly, this blogger tires of IPCC’s reports. Obviously, leaders of major countries do not care about their poorer neighbors. Wholesale Christian Bibles guarantee an end for such indifference: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29: 1.”
Perhaps American leaders have awakened to the imminent disasters Global Warming poses for this nation and the world. The White House is recruiting professional spokespeople to assist in convincing Congress that Climate Change is real. It has also opened a new website to further education citizens on the subject.
Richard K. DeAtley of pe.com of San Bernardino, writes that Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of ESRI, the Redlands geographic information systems firm, “has joined a White House initiative to make data about global warming and its effects available online.” Other scientists and technocrats have also joined in the effort:
In ‘Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate’ for The New York Times Justin Gillis introduces Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Mario J. Molina, who “helped discover a global environmental emergency” is the major force behind a new AAAS position:
“Now, at 70, Dr. Molina is trying to awaken the public to an even bigger risk. He spearheaded a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, which released a stark report Tuesday on Global Warming.”
In their statement AAAS warns: “As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do. But we consider it our responsibility as professionals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that people understand what we know:
“Human-caused climate change is happening, we face risks of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes, and responding now will lower the risks and costs of taking action.
“The evidence is overwhelming: Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising. Temperatures are going up. Springs are arriving earlier. Ice sheets are melting. Sea level is rising. The patterns of rainfall and drought are changing. Heat waves are getting worse, as is extreme precipitation. The oceans are acidifying.”
If only they had included this winter’s obnoxious endless snow falls as further proof that Global Warming’s gift may well include types of polar vortex shifts that could indeed bring the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ to reality.
Anyway, New York legislators are certainly convinced. According to Maria Gallucci of Inside Climate News, those state regulators now require their huge utility company, Con Edison, “to integrate climate science into all of its planning, construction and budget decisions.” Those wise regulators remembers that:
“Superstorm Sandy’s 9.8-foot storm surge drowned Lower Manhattan . . . [and] more than a million Con Edison customers were left in the dark after key substations were submerged, and after fallen trees and strong winds crippled three-fourths of overhead power lines and poles.”
They are further concerned that Global Warming “could black out the nation’s financial capital and disrupt services like cell phone networks and water and gasoline supplies.” Now is the time for other state officials act likewise.
The adage says “Time Is Running Out.” The problem with old adages is that malicious leaders ignore them. Nor do they regard requirements for leadership in God’s Christian messages which warn: “The haters of The LORD should have submitted themselves unto Him: but their time should have endured for ever (Psalms 81: 15).” Rewards await only those working with God to save mankind!
Few Americans realize how much this year’s food prices will greatly increase here and around the world because the nation’s food basket is largely filled by the state of California. That basket is under severe attack from drought.
In addition to pointing out that “. . . the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951?,” in ’15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start Soaring,‘ The Economic Collapse further astonishes with:
“If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere. Already, the federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be ‘disaster areas,’ and California farmers are going to leave half a million acres sitting idle this year because of the extremely dry conditions.”
What’s more, the writer points out, some experts fear this drought season could last for decades. Among those 15 reasons, that writer adds: 1) 2013 was the driest year on record for California; 2) 91.6% of that state is in “severe to exceptional drought;” 3) Other western states are dry as well causing those farmers to sell off live stock; and 4) Drought also affects food production in other nations.
On that point, Americans probably can’t count on food supplies from overseas: In ‘It has Begun: Wise Up and Stock Up As Food Shortages and Price Hikes Are Coming Before Years End, Lizzie Bennett of ‘Underground Medic says:
“Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia have experienced rainfall heavy enough to flood fields and rot crops; Rice production in China has been affected by record low temperatures; Parts of Australia have been in drought for years affecting cattle and agricultural production, etc.”
Celeste Cantu, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority insists: “ . . . this drought could have a “cataclysmic” impact on food prices . . . as 80 percent of California’s freshwater supply is used for agriculture, The cost of fruits and vegetables could soar.”
Writing for NBC News, Miguel Almaguer and Daniel Arkin reveal: “In the state’s Central Valley—where nearly 40 percent of all jobs are tied to agriculture production and related processing—the pain has already trickled down. Businesses across a wide swath of the region have shuttered, casting countless workers adrift in a downturn that calls to mind the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.”
As food prices go up, most incomes are stagnant. In ‘Food Prices Soar as Incomes Stand Still,’ Michelle Miller of CBS News points out: “While the government says prices are up 6.4 percent since 2011, chicken is up 18.4 percent, ground beef is up 16.8 percent and bacon has skyrocketed up 22.8 percent. . . while economists paint a benign picture, middle-class families are quietly struggling.”
One side of Bible prophecies says believers will be blessed in drought: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in The LORD, and whose hope The LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8).”
Another side pronounces that drought is a curse: “Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned (Job 24: 19).” It is time for all to repent, and pray, pray, pray for God’s grace to send rain!
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