I have this weird radar that alerts me to stories that in some way relate to each other, like job losses and climate problems. Climate denying Texas is now seeing a huge decline in cattle ranching because of drought conditions...I'm crying alligator tears:
WWNO: For decades, Texas has been the center of cattle country, but drought is reshaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving their herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska by the thousands. They’re seeking refuge from dry weather and cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.Neighboring South Dakota saw a flash rainfall, and then massive blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle:
Nebraska Radio Net: Texas, the country’s No. 1 beef state, lost 24 percent of its total beef herd from 2010-2014. Oklahoma saw a 13 percent cut. A freak snowstorm in October of 2013 killed cattle in western Nebraska. The thunderstorms and tornadoes of June this year killed an estimated one thousand head.
Even after the above climate change disasters, and the news that Cargill is eliminating 600 in Milwaukee today, no one on the Republican side is talking about, or reconsidering their extreme position on this job killing issue.
jsonline: Cargill Inc. is closing its beef cattle slaughterhouse in Milwaukee, resulting in the loss of about 600 jobs almost immediately … Years of drought have reshaped the U.S. beef industry, with cattle feedlots and meatpacking plants closing because there aren't enough livestock to support them. Plant operators say they don't expect a recovery anytime soon, as it will take years to rebuild herds that were drawn down by an extended drought in cattle-producing states and high animal feed prices.
I haven't heard one thing from the Democrats either, who are missing a golden opportunity to prove their point to a skeptical public buffaloed by Republican tea party deniers. Democrats are stuck in a pattern of reacting to Republican attacks, defending themselves by promising to give-in, and not forcefully standing up for their beliefs. I know, I'm not happy with the party either.