BEEF Poll: “Are You Concerned About Global Warming?"

The Obama administration this week released its latest national climate assessment, which spells out the dangers of what it calls “climate disruption.” This week’s online poll at beefmagazine.com asks: “Are you concerned about global warming?" Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

Discuss this poll 62

Anonymous
on Aug 5, 2014

I could not care less because it is not affecting me directly.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

i'm darn near seventy years old and used to start farming by the end of march.. haven't been able to do that in the last 20 years. explain that.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Climate Change Weekly #126
Winter temperatures throughout the United States are in a 20-year cooling trend, defying alarmist global warming predictions and debunking claims that warmer winters are causing environmental catastrophe. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, highlighted by the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project, reveal this winter’s exceptionally cold winter was merely the continuation of a long-term cooling trend. The trend line for the past 20 years shows more than two degrees Fahrenheit of cooling in U.S. winter temperatures since 1995.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

My dad is 90. he has alwas told me that no two Years are the same! So according to him we have had climate change before the automobile! explain that!

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

My Dad's 90 also. We were driving along in the pickup one day, and he told me, "Those folks who don't think things are changing don't know how to read the signs, do they?" My reply was, "Not many people do any more, Dad." He was talking about pasture spraying season moving up about two weeks, armadillos digging out the foundations (they were unheard of in our part of Missouri until the last few decades), the birds he sees in the spring, accelerated brush growth (a factor of CO2 concentration and average temperature). When Dad agrees with the science, I kind of have to come down on that side of the issue. No two years are the same, but it's the average that counts. Today is weather, the average is climate.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Global Warming Hoax Redux! Or, Why No One Is Buying Carbon Offsets (See also Dan Pangburn’s reader reply)
http://ppjg.me/2013/09/06/global-warming-hoax-redux-or-why-no-one-is-buy...

From The Faux Science Slayer:
http://www.fauxscienceslayer.com/agw.html

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

We had 132 million head of cattle in the US in 1974. Today we have 86.7 million and we are producing almost the same amount of beef. What a great environmental story. We have CRP, Wet lands protection etc. all of these programs in total have idled over 50 million acres in the US since the mid 80's. I am from Missouri so for reference Missouri has a land mass of 44.7 million acres That's a lot of land we no longer use because of high production agriculture. What a great story. Remember one important thing. The global warming crowd, oops, sorry the climate change, oops, sorry the climate catastrophe people are ever changing their names when confronted with the facts. They have one agenda. That is living in Washingtion DC and maintaining their six figure salaries. The only way they can do that and not have to get a real job is to always be screaming the sky is fallin.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

Absolutely nailed it!! It's all about the likes of Al Gore and certain others screaming that the sky is falling while they run to the bank to deposit huge sums of money. This global warming/climate change/climate catastrophe/ whatever they call it next is going to result in everyone paying taxes for something that we have NO control over for everything we do. Raising livestock produces methane and CO2, driving our big bad SUV's adds to the mess and the one thing I'm really waiting for- the fact that we all breath ( exhale CO2) will be reasons for us all to be taxed when ever someone in Washington wants to pad their pockets. How stupid can we all be?! Stand bye and let them declare that CO2 levels are rising and that we need to be taxed for our production of this horrible greenhouse gas!?! It's part of the cycle of life as we have learned in school in the Krebs Cycle. We'll be giving these Washington thieves a free ticket to tax us to death. Other countries see it as a way to accuse us of producing high amounts of Greenhouse gas-( whatever the heck that really is?) and we as a country will be responsible for subsidizing them with $$ whenever they want some more free cash. We provide too many countries with huge sums of $ that we don't have, now. WAKE up America! This is a scam and they are going to be in all of our pockets.

lee
on May 15, 2014

The so called "experts" keep telling us the CO2 is the culprit and we are releasing it into our atmosphere by using fossil fuels. But they ignore the fact that CO2 was many times higher in the time of the dinosaurs, the climate then was anything but what they are claiming we will have now because if it.

Anonymous
on May 28, 2014

This begs the question. Where are the dinosaurs now? Perhaps climate change was the source of their demise...

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

It absolutely amazes me that many of us in agriculture who have the most to lose from the effects of global warming are professing that global warming isn't real or that it is made up by politicians or scientist that may allegedly profit from it. Just ask any rancher in the drought stricken southwest if the effects are real. The drought that will not end! The scientific data is real,it is accurate and 98% of the scientist participating agree that global warming has been caused or greatly exacerbated by human production of green house gases. But the USA cannot stop it's further progress alone. Our government should urgently promote treaties with China, India and other world polluters to greatly limit the production of green house gases, promote environmentally friendly fuels like natural gas and solar and financially encourage the development of new energy technology. This could result in a big boost to many segments of the US and world economies. Let's stop proclaiming the"world is flat" by denying the really incontestable fact that modern civilization has contributed to global warming and move forward to a new world of helping to sensibly solve the problem and in so doing avoid spoiling this great world that the good LORD gave us!

on May 15, 2014

Climate change has been around forever. From around 800AD to 1250AD the world experienced a hot spell. So much so Greenland was farmland, then in a time known as "the little ice age" began around 1300AD - 1850AD. So this is not knew at all. What is new is that scientists, environmentalists and governments have found ways to get rich of it.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Of course climate change has been around forever--but in long cycles that lasted for hundreds or thousands of years. And people have been affecting micro-climates since before the dawn of civilization. Civilization, however, has allowed human populations to dominate the entire planet only since the industrial revolution. We cannot correct the mistakes of previous civilizations, but through communication we can work together to mitigate the mistakes of our own. Mankind's major mistake is imbalance, which creates short-term instability, erratic and extreme weather cycles.
Where do you live, Rezgazza? And how old are you? Have you not noticed the greater severity, frequency and destruction of floods, droughts and tornadoes in this country, the number of broken temperature and precipitation records just since the turn of the millennium? These instabilities have as much or more to do with land use and the power of photosynthesis of plants as anything else.
In my home county, well more than half of the forests and fencerows that existed in 1970 when a paper mill moved in nearby have been cut or bulldozed and burned, and most of the land has since been planted to annual row crops. The longer a plant lives on the land, the deeper its roots grow, the better precipitation will penetrate the surface, and the more protection that plant will provide to the soil beneath it and the creatures that live from the production of that soil. Trees do the best job stabilizing soils and climates—much better than corn, wheat and soybeans. The next best thing is well-managed perennial pasture. That’s where we come in as cattlemen and stewards, making high-quality protein foods from the perennial crops that people cannot directly digest.
The ever-more-thin layer of living topsoil on the surface of this planet must feed us all. Over-population and the ensuing misuse of the land through over-farming with chemicals are killing and depleting the soils of the world. Ultimately, the death of the soil will mean more illness and death for millions of us worldwide.
Currently in the U.S., 80 percent of arable land is in annual food crops, only 20 percent in perennials. Most of the annual crop fields lie bare and dormant during the winter. This is not the normal state of the world that encouraged more stable climates during the long cycles of ages past.
Farmers and ranchers worldwide could help to stabilize micro-climates everywhere, with positive effects. We could convert our food supply to come from 80 percent perennial crops, including grasslands, forests, fruit and nut orchards and grazing livestock that can co-exist with and enrich those environments with their manure. Long rotations alternating seven to ten years of perennial pasture with two to four years of row-crops would still allow growing 20 percent annual grains. We would need more farmers and ranchers, though, and fewer big machines doing the work. And better education of those city-dwellers who no longer understand the importance of our stewardship of domesticated livestock. And--dare I say it?--fewer big chemical and oil companies profiting from our annual mistakes in land use.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

do you realize that the French revolution was caused by climate change. of course the potatoes was the GMO of the day even considered evil by the church. wherever there is oil drilling was a tropical forest at one time. isn't that how oil is formed. would you have photosynthesis without co2. if dinos existed the majority had to be prey animals eating a hell of a lot grass leaves what ever. needing high amounts of co2

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

In the late 40's and early 50's while I was in high school we were taught that the earth rotated on its axis every 24hrs and 59 minutes. The sun rotates counter clockwise to the sun as view from north pole. This movements of the earth and sun influenced the weather. As you read Farmers almanac the sun and moon was used to determine when to plant. I am not concerned about global warming but no wide use of computers were available in the late 4's and 50's whether there is global warming or not is not predictable by the data based that has been developed in the past 150 years. When you extrapolate beyond either side of your data base you are speculating. Global warming has not been statistically tested properly and is noting more than speculation with an every changing climate between rotations of earth and sun. No matter what you believe the earth is growing in population at increasing rate and the land mass is not increasing. This leads our food and water for survival, therefore crops, meat and milk production must become more efficient and will be done through modern technology.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Several facts are facts, not made up by rouge scientists or crooked politicians or liberals or conservatives. These include : a doubling of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere over the past 2 centuries ( exactly what is calculated to occur from the amount of fossil fuel consumed); a rise in global surface temperature; a rise in sea level (exactly what you would calculate from the melting ice that has occurred ); acidification of oceans ( which is what occurs when water is exposed to carbon dioxide as in carbonated beverages). Measurements made a century ago may not have been as accurate as those made today, but our ancestors were not incompetent at using thermometers or yardsticks or even making many kinds of chemical measurements. It is true that effects of volcanos, sun cycles, etc are superimposed on effects of fossils fuels, but that does not mean that the fissile fuel effects are made up. Burning fuel has consequences; we are doing this more and more on a global scale. If money can be made be decreasing fossils fuel use or decreasing the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it seems a goog investment to me. A cattle rancher and scientist.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Do "rouge" scientists wear a lot of make-up? 8-)

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

No, but they get very "red-faced" when they come up against science deniers....

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

The only concern I have about "global warming” is what the loony left and big government will do to us. GOD must be laughing at our foolishness and arrogance.

Anonymous
on May 14, 2014

This poll might as well be asking "are you concerned that hats exist?" It doesn't matter what a bunch of uninformed people on the internet think. Our climate has been changing since the earth was formed. A more appropriate question would be "how are we going to deal with climate change in the future?" Come on, Beef Magazine. Stop baiting readers with questions designed to start a political debate. Signed, academia.

on May 14, 2014

I think it's a legitimate question, and the same as asked by Gallup. We wanted to see how the responses of our audience would compare with that of the general consumer as polled by Gallup.

In case you didn't notice, we did the same the past two weeks with polls run by Investor's Business Daily.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

And I would expect that poll to be just as skewed towards the same political outlook.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Personally, I'm glad to see Beef Magazine running this particular poll and tackling a difficult issue. Responses in agriculture will likely include a lot of denial that we as farmers and ranchers have anything to do with climate change. That's normal. Who would want to take responsibility for it? Yet farming--and by that I mean mainly tillage--has been a huge factor in changing climates since the beginning of civilization. Soil erosion, over-population, and human greed for power and money are all factors, but the biggest factor is the short-sightedness of having only a small span of time on this planet for reference. Already, several responding readers have based their replies on personal experience.
If we study history, however, we will see that the cycles of empires have come and gone as each new civilization took the fertility of new land, exploited it through rampant deforestation and mining of non-renewable resources, and wasted its wealth by waging war. In about 1250 BC, Egypt's pharoahs were building huge ancient cities and pyramids by misusing the fertile soil of an extensive river system and enslaving a vast population. Even in ancient times, the population of Egypt numbered between three and six million people.
How long has the American empire lasted so far? Old World agriculture did not stretch across the continents of the New World until the mid-nineteeth century--150 years ago. The U.S. has been a major world power only since World War I, "The War to End All Wars," began in 1914--one hundred years ago.
Which brings us to the other main culprit, which is war and military exploitation. Northern Africa was once a garden. Homer, in the 7th or 8th century BC, is said to have walked across it without leaving the shade of trees. Now it's a desert. From the 6th century BC to the 3rd century BC, the military of Carthage deforested northern Africa to build a vast navy of wooden warships. Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome all fell after many hundreds of years of such exploitation. But then they didn't have atomic bombs, or bombs of any kind, or airplanes to mess up the planet's atmosphere. Have you noticed that no one mentions those things when talking about climate change? Everything we do has a consequence.
The only way we can end the cycle that could now result in our self-destruction is to end human ignorance by sharing information. Mr. Roybal, that's a big responsibility to place on people like you who make your living doing so, but it looks like you are trying.
Cattlemen will and must have a unique role in the restoration of the fertility of this planet. In this issue, Loretta Sorenson's story "Colorado cattle stomp Shows The Benefit of Healing Hooves" shows one way we can do so. Amanda Radke's Apr 2, 2014 story that mentions the work of Allan Savory and his TED talk in 2013 reveals another. Thank you all for your efforts!
Cattlemen and cattlewomen: turn off the hate-talk radio shows in your pickup trucks, read, listen, learn, love your neighbor, love your land, love your country, and unite.
Give a man secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. ~Arthur Young, Travels in France, 1792

Anonymous
on May 12, 2014

I'm about to make a lot of people on both sides of the political spectrum mad, but here goes: No matter what party you identify with, your group is picking and choosing what parts of the scientific data they report and use as evidence to support their position.
The part that scares me most is that a friend that is politically conservative and his employment is closely involved in climate and weather information said a couple of months ago that his political party was "dead wrong on a lot of this!" He said that, based on the solar activity, we should be in a slight cooling trend, but that we aren't.
Is is really important whether we cause all of it, part of it, or none of it? It will affect how and where we produce the food, and we need to be prepared for those changes.

Anonymous
on May 11, 2014

As Neil deGrasse Tyson says “The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?”
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/05/neil-tyson-cosmos-global-...

Anonymous
on May 11, 2014

The sun's output runs in cycles. All the heat comes from the sun. C02 is just over a third of one percent of the atmosphere. The IPC is run by politicians and nothing is released that isn't in their interest. They're scientists have been caught fudging the numbers. You guess what causes temperature change.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

If it a warm year it's global warming. If it's a cold year it's global warming. They can't lose.

Considering how long we have been measuring temp's and the age of the earth, they have no statistical leg to stand on. Also how accurate were those termometers 100 years ago?

In addition were we as a race recording tempatures around the globe that whole time?

Finally, do we have sensors floating everywhere in the ocean?

The earth has historically had huge swings in tempartures. I think a number of careers are being made off this hype.

Anonymous
on May 16, 2014

If it a warm year it's global warming. If it's a cold year it's global warming. They can't lose.

--Climate is average, weather is today. The alternation of very cold and very warm is actually a function of the additional energy in the atmosphere. Average it out, you see an increase.

Considering how long we have been measuring temp's and the age of the earth, they have no statistical leg to stand on. Also how accurate were those termometers 100 years ago?
In addition were we as a race recording tempatures around the globe that whole time?

--A lot of the 100 year-old mercury thermometers are still around. Sealed glass mercury and alcohol thermometers go back almost 200 years, actually. They were surprisingly accurate, especially after the late 1800's when Celsius standardized the calibration between freezing and boiling point of water. There are a surprising number of recordings in various localities that go back a long time, especially in England and Europe, where most of the early thermometer science happened. Educated people used to consider themselves "citizen scientists," and there was a lot of observations coming out of the 18th and 19th century. (http://www.capgo.com/Resources/InterestStories/TempHistory/TempHistory.html)

Finally, do we have sensors floating everywhere in the ocean?

--Actually, there are a lot of floating ocean sensors. Add those to the infrared temperature measurements from satellites, and for the past few decades the earth is pretty much covered. (http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/SeaSurfaceTemperature).

The earth has historically had huge swings in tempartures. I think a number of careers are being made off this hype.

--And money made of the denying of it. (Think oil companies.)

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

The sediment in the oceans. The layers of ice around the Norht and south poles. The layers of earth all have keys to the affects of "climate change" what ever you would like to call the facts that our oceans are being changed enough to damage the life cycle of our own human race what ever the color of the skin. Fewer small young fish. Higher levels of CO2 in the salt water bodies Kills the little fish. Call it what ever it is a measurement not a " Global Warming" or other name but a change which is able to kill the oceans which could kill us or set us back along with other life on this heated of cooled Globe. which = liars can figure but figures do not lie. SWP

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

And sometimes lying bureaucrats and opportunists rework the figures.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

"I think a number of careers are being made off this hype." -- and personal bank accounts are being built

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

It used to be the coming ice age that would kill us in the next 100 years.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

I am in my 50's and when I was a kid the hysteria then was over the ice age that would lead to famine and destroy us in the next 100 years or less. That was the current "latest science". So I don't believe it. There is far too much money in fear mongering.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

Just another way to make money without working. Brainwashing the non thinkers. It is just the way the world turns. When we figure it all out we will be long gone if you know what I mean!!!!

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

We had a mile deep ice sheet over Ohio 12,000 years ago. Mt. St Helens put more greenhouse gas over America at that time then American's have since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Climate Changes man has little effect.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

Just another example of government out of control and trying to control everything in our lives.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

Mother nature in history will repeat herself time and time again. My thoughts,political people will ride any horse they find to expand there noteriety to draw people away from the important issues,like the national debt. ????

on May 9, 2014

In the Cold War days, there was actually some real to fear. This global warming is bunk. An engineer friend of mine tells me the polar ice caps on Mars ebb and low, too. Is that because of all the cows and SUVs on that planet? Bunch of bunk this climate change is. If the U.S. were to zero out its emissions, it would have no affect because the rest of the world won't go along; so let's wreck our economy and give the kids something to really worry about.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

There is no doubt global warming is happening. There is overwhelming evidence that humans are responsible. Atmospheric warming affects the weather and the climate and those effects are occuring now. We are adapting now and will have to adapt into the future. We can choose to minimize that warming and thus reduce the risks going forward or we can choose not to act and risk great economic and environmental damage. In short, the risks of taking action are much less than the risks of acting.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

Let us take our heads out of the soil. Climate change is all around us. However, non of us wish to change our way of life in order to reverse it!

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

The Global Climate Change is Laughable! NASA scientists, meteorologists, and Anyone with Common Sense Agree!! Their "science" and numbers are outrageously unrealistic! It is a way to make money, lots of money for the Al Gore - "chicken little" Loons!! But the have brain-washed SOO many people that believe these Loons!! Schools, media, and speeches are constantly, "Saying the science is in and it is a FACT!!!"
BULLSH##! Pure and Simple!!!

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Our planet's climate is made up of millions of micro-climates, all of which have a cumulative effect on the climate of the entire globe. It would be interesting to know whether this respondent and the dozen or so other knee-jerk one-sentence responders listed for May 9 are listeners of hate-radio shows. Also whether any of them have experienced the effects of extended droughts and flash floods in California, Texas, and many other states, or know anything about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which was caused by farming America's vast open grasslands, or are aware of the widespread conservation efforts that followed to help reverse the effects of the Dust Bowl.
What people decide to do with their land deeply affects the micro-climate of that land. Taking away forests increases wind velocity and the frequency and severity of tornadoes. Taking away forests and perennial grass affects how well the soil absorbs water, exacerbating floods and erosion. Taking away topsoil through wind and water erosion robs us of the medium that provides our food. Each micro-climate has a direct effect on the economic welfare of the land steward in charge of it during his brief lifetime's tenure, but leaves an even more drastic effect on the next generation.
We belong to the information generation, folks. Let's not go down in history as the most easily misled and profoundly selfish generation in the history of the world.

Anonymous
on May 15, 2014

Whatever the cause, global warming is real and accelerating. Miami Florida is installing pumps because of their vulnerability to rising sea levels and storms. You might send your children to the Netherlands to study seawalls (dikes) and position them for good jobs in New Orleans, Norfolk Va. Savannah, Charleston, et al.
John R. Dykers, Jr.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

The earth has gone through many climate cycles. Man’s ability to influence those is minimal at best.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

I agree

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

It always gets warmer in the spring and summer and cooler in the fall and winter....it warms it cools, always has, look at history....

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

The current production model of monoculture farming and season long grazing is advancing the degradation of our ecosystems. Proper grazing management along with diverse, zero-till cropping systems can help reverse this trend.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

Not the least bit, it is just another way for Big Brother to try to control our lives.

Anonymous
on May 9, 2014

I keep waiting to see the real science behind the scare, but only hear about computer generated models by so called experts... the same sort of experts that preached a doom & gloom prediction of an impending ice age in 1985.

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