Drought costs

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    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/15/13295072-drought-sends-mississippi-into-uncharted-territory?lite&__utma=238145375.1567516367.1338934519.1338934519.1345641826.2&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1345641826&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1345641826.2.2.utmcsr=aol|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=mississippi%20closed&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cus%20news%7Cenvironment=1^12=Landing%20Content=External=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20External=1&__utmk=161032574

    The low water levels mean that barge companies have to lighten their load by about 25 percent so the barges ride higher in the water, reducing what’s known as the barges’ “draught.”

    That means each tow boat is moving less cargo than usual even though “it takes up the same amount of fuel to burn and the same amount of manpower,” said Ed Henleben, senior operations manager for Ingram Barge Co. in St. Louis.


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    Already this summer, there are been 15 to 20 cases of barges running aground, according to Steve Jones, the Army Corps of Engineer’s Mississippi River navigation manager. Some cases have stalled river traffic for as much at three days. At this point in an average summer, there’d be only about eight or 10, Jones said.

    And as the water drops, the river channel narrows. In some places, the Mississippi is a one-way river as barges heading north have to wait for traffic headed south, adding to the costly delays.

    The result: Millions of dollars in higher shipping costs.

    “The products we tow, that product costs more,” said Golding. “Somebody’s got to come up with that cost.”

    Economists say ultimately, it will be the consumer. “Some markets such as spot markets for agricultural products will be immediately impacted by increased transportation costs,” said Donald Sweeney of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

    Costs of all products that use the river for transportation will have be more expensive. Just another impact of the change in climate that we are now seeing.
     
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    Me thinks the inflated cost of fuel is probably having a greater impact. No?
     
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    Darned globull worming.
     
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    Rocks, are you the same guy telling us that AGW causes flooding?
     
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    Are droughts melting the ice caps or are the melting ice caps causing the droughts?
     
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    Shhhhhhh, don't even try to understand their logic...it will make you go batshit crazy like they are...
     
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    Droughts happen all the time.

    So whats the point of this thread?


    Call me the asshole, but Im not getting it.
     
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    Now Frankie, nobody expects you to get anything.

    The last three years have seen a string of meteorlogical extremes normally experianced over a much longer period. The period from 1996 to present has had nearly double the billion dollar disasters as the period from 1980 to 1995.

    This is exactly the consequences that the models have predicted, except coming a lot sooner than the models predicted.
     
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    Here in No. Florida, ABNORMAL rain, and TSs are keeping the St. Marys river at flood stage constantly. She'll be flooding AGAIN by tommorrow night, with our fifth and sixth days of rain forecast. 1.30 inches every twenty four hours is the average. Flooding in Jax, Nassau county, and in my county in the north. Instead of the normal afternoon thunderstorms, we are seeing days on end of nothing but rain.
     
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    Maybe they should use more choo choo twains.
     

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