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What’s The Truth?

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The climate change movement has gained momentum with the U.S. Senate passing a proposed bill to spend a huge amount of money on it and the U.S. House passed the bill as well. The truth about climate change has always been a moving target, always creating discussions with numerous sides. And in past years, it’s turned political and something to fight over. 

The Biden administration has made climate change its top issue and it’s making agriculture nervous. Every action of someone using public lands has to explain how it will affect climate change. 

It’s alright to a point, but it shouldn’t be used as a reason to do away with the West’s energy interests and livestock grazing. We can’t just switch over to renewable energy without the infrastructure in place and the availability of renewable energy, which also has some issues. Someday we’ll be there, but we’re a long way from it now.

I, along with you, have a right to be skeptical of climate change. Through the years, we’ve heard how coastal cities would all be flooded by now and, if action wasn’t completed on climate change, our planet would be lost by now. The target keeps moving forward to keep us in fear.

At the moment, most everyone is an expert on climate change including the current administration. Most of us on the land are just confused, as we hear both sides of the issue all the time. We get blamed because of our livestock grazing, but the truth is those livestock, with proper grazing, help to store carbon. 

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has done a great job of explaining to the Biden administration why and how we manage our lands and the good practices used. The Biden administration has since backed off agriculture to some degree. Remember, everyone fears a food shortage.

Some countries, like the Netherlands and Germany, have shut down farming for climate change. They are now having food shortages and farmers striking who can’t make a living.

I think the United Nations is the worst for putting out false information on climate change. In 2013, they came out with another study on climate change and the threat of high temperatures. Then another report was leaked out saying 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures have not yet exceeded it. 

This summer has been terribly hot, but the “Farmers’ Almanac” says it’s going to be a shiver and shovel winter with cold and snow. 

Meteorologist and DayWeather, Inc. President Don Day, Jr., who goes by the history of weather, always says the weather equals out over time – I think he is right.   

And now, the weather is political, and some want to solve climate change issues using taxes and other means of control, but it is just going to make people in agriculture fight back. The world has always had climate change, and we should never stop exploring ways to lessen the human impact on our environment. 

One study suggests humans cause around 15 percent of impacts to climate change and the rest is just the climate changing. 

We should never stop trying to make our planet a better place, on the other hand, we should stop involving politics in the climate change issue. Incentives are a better tool to use to help industries, countries like China and the American people make our communities a better place to live.

We deserve to know the truth on climate change, not just opinions.

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