A long history of working with the weather (February/March 2016)

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Tom-Black

Tom Black

Wow, what a winter! I only used the snow blower two times. Some years I could have used it 2 times in one day or twice a week from December to April but then others like 1953, the year my brother was born, my dad drove home from the hospital with him and my mother in late February. Our lane was almost a half a mile long and normally had 3 to 4 feet of snow in it but that year, my dad drove in with a 2 wheel drive, 1952 Ford half ton truck with no snow.

In 1971 we bought a single cylinder Snowcruiser snowmobile to get in the lane and over 2 miles to the other farm because the roads were blocked with snow more than once, that year. In December 1980 I combined corn on the week between Christmas and New Years on bare ground. My dad told me many stories that he remembered and others that his dad had told him of the years of deep snow and of the years of no snow and how they coped.

So you see, I come from a long line of weather watchers just like the rest of the rural folk who work the land and cope with what Mother Nature throws our way. In my father’s early years and my grandfathers and great-grandfathers day, they didn’t have the weather man predicting the weather so they learned to recognize the weather patterns and signs that predicted what was coming so they could reliably decide when to plant or cut hay.

So where am I going with this walk down memory lane? Well I saw a poll that was done by Nanos Survey and I read how 90% of those surveyed believe that man-kind is responsible for all this changing climate. Oh yes, it used to be called ‘global warming’ until it stopped getting warmer in the late 1990’s and now it’s called ‘climate change’. I don’t think that they asked too many of the folks on the rural roads what they thought. I think they may have asked ‘bright lights’ like Leonardo DeCaprio who ranted on the Oscar awards about seeing the ravages of manmade climate change as it roared through Calgary and melted all the snow on his movie set. Nobody in that room that he was speaking to even knew what a ‘chinook’ was so that they believed his uninformed ranting as did many millions of his gullible fans. That folks is how we get a poll saying that 90% of the people believe in manmade global warming.

Now I 100% believe that we as people have a huge responsibility to do our level best to reduce pollution with new and better technology and education so that we pass on this world to our children in better shape than we got it. However, when greenhouse owners have to pump in 8-10 times the amount of CO2 than we have in our atmosphere into their greenhouses to get optimum growth while global activists like Suzuki and Al Gore, spew out unproven rhetoric about CO2 causing ‘global warming’ we end up with politicians who start to think they must go along with the poll results, no matter what the truth.

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A long history of working with the weather (February/March 2016)

February / March 2016 Landowner Magazine Cover
Tom-Black

Tom Black

Wow, what a winter! I only used the snow blower two times. Some years I could have used it 2 times in one day or twice a week from December to April but then others like 1953, the year my brother was born, my dad drove home from the hospital with him and my mother in late February. Our lane was almost a half a mile long and normally had 3 to 4 feet of snow in it but that year, my dad drove in with a 2 wheel drive, 1952 Ford half ton truck with no snow.

In 1971 we bought a single cylinder Snowcruiser snowmobile to get in the lane and over 2 miles to the other farm because the roads were blocked with snow more than once, that year. In December 1980 I combined corn on the week between Christmas and New Years on bare ground. My dad told me many stories that he remembered and others that his dad had told him of the years of deep snow and of the years of no snow and how they coped.

So you see, I come from a long line of weather watchers just like the rest of the rural folk who work the land and cope with what Mother Nature throws our way. In my father’s early years and my grandfathers and great-grandfathers day, they didn’t have the weather man predicting the weather so they learned to recognize the weather patterns and signs that predicted what was coming so they could reliably decide when to plant or cut hay.

So where am I going with this walk down memory lane? Well I saw a poll that was done by Nanos Survey and I read how 90% of those surveyed believe that man-kind is responsible for all this changing climate. Oh yes, it used to be called ‘global warming’ until it stopped getting warmer in the late 1990’s and now it’s called ‘climate change’. I don’t think that they asked too many of the folks on the rural roads what they thought. I think they may have asked ‘bright lights’ like Leonardo DeCaprio who ranted on the Oscar awards about seeing the ravages of manmade climate change as it roared through Calgary and melted all the snow on his movie set. Nobody in that room that he was speaking to even knew what a ‘chinook’ was so that they believed his uninformed ranting as did many millions of his gullible fans. That folks is how we get a poll saying that 90% of the people believe in manmade global warming.

Now I 100% believe that we as people have a huge responsibility to do our level best to reduce pollution with new and better technology and education so that we pass on this world to our children in better shape than we got it. However, when greenhouse owners have to pump in 8-10 times the amount of CO2 than we have in our atmosphere into their greenhouses to get optimum growth while global activists like Suzuki and Al Gore, spew out unproven rhetoric about CO2 causing ‘global warming’ we end up with politicians who start to think they must go along with the poll results, no matter what the truth.

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