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Old 08-15-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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August 15, 2012MIDWESTThe worst drought in more than 50 years is having a devastating impact on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if it keeps on dropping there is a very real possibility that all river traffic could get shut down. And considering the fact that approximately 60 percent of our grain, 22 percent of our oil and natural gas, and and one-fifth of our coal travel down the Mississippi River, that would be absolutely crippling for our economy. It has been estimated that if all Mississippi River traffic was stopped that it would cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars a day. So far most of the media coverage of this historic drought has focused on the impact that it is having on farmers and ranchers, but the health of the Mississippi River is also absolutely crucial to the economic success of this nation, and right now the Mississippi is in incredibly bad shape. In some areas the river is already 20 feet below normal and the water is expected to continue to drop. If we have another 12 months of weather ahead of us similar to what we have seen over the last 12 months then the mighty Mississippi is going to be a complete and total disaster zone by this time next year. Most Americans simply do not understand how vitally important the Mississippi River is to all of us. If the Mississippi River continues drying up to the point where commercial travel is no longer possible, it would be an absolutely devastating blow to the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, vast stretches of the Mississippi are already dangerously low. The following is an excerpt from a transcript of a CNN report that aired on August 14th. A lot of barges have been forced to go with greatly reduced loads so that they will sit higher in the river, and other commercial craft have been forced to stop operating completely. For example, the Mississippi has dropped so low at this point that the famous American Queen Steamboat can no longer safely navigate the river. Down south, the Mississippi River has gotten so low that saltwater is actually starting to move upriver. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is fighting hard to keep that contained. Other waterways in the middle part of the country are in even worse shape. For example, a 100 mile stretch of the Platte River has already dried up. Millions of fish are dying as rivers and streams all over the country continue to get shallower and warmer as a result of the ongoing drought. The last time the condition of the Mississippi River was this bad was back in 1988. At that time, a lot of barge traffic was stopped completely and the shipping industry lost approximately a billion dollars. If a similar thing were to happen now, the consequences could potentially be far worse.ETF Daily

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Old 08-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Sounds like an ol' Hank song.

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #3
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I could see this causing a second great depression since the turn of the century.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #4
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If there's one thing I've learned in all these years it's that whatever you think is going to happen, won't. Everyone is convinced politics, social upheaval, class envy, and spending more than we earn is going to be the harbinger of disaster for this country. Who'd a thunk we were going to be sold down the river by one.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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We had a 10 year drought in OZ, climate experts said it would never rain again. Crops failed, sheep & cattle numbers collapsed, rivers were dry and saline. That was 3 years back,it rained heaps ever since. 5000L water tanks I put in are constantly full;you avoid garden watering restrictions having tanks which are compulsory on new homes. Our wheat and cotton crops will be big this year, I know your wheat and maize crops are in trouble, but, it will rain again, our inland lakes and rivers, still used for commerce though not like before, refilled, yours will too, maybe not this year. We have a Pacific related "El Nino"(dry) or "La Nina"(wet) oscillation pattern,I think it affects your west coast too, in reverse to us. This summer here is predicted to be more dry, maybe that`s a good sign for you.
How did we get it to rain again here? Someone claims "they shot the El Nino brothers". BruceK
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