Solve These Climate Change Report Mysteries


| 7/31/2019 9:13:00 AM


Solve the mystery 

It’s up to you. It’s up to me. It’s up to everyone who has a stake in a stable climate, ample food and fiber, and shelter from the storms — the increasingly savage storms that are Earth’s new normal. We’ve got some mysteries to unravel.

If you are depending on the life-support basics listed above, then answer this: Why did the US Agriculture Department (USDA) attempt to bury America’s action plan for conducting science into climate change so that farmers could be empowered with facts to respond wisely to what’s happening in the world?

The critical 33-page USDA action plan, paid for with our tax dollars, was stuffed somewhere in a bureaucratic closet never to be allowed into public light of day. But thanks to a civic-minded whistleblower and a reporter, the plan was leaked to Politico. As stated at its start, the plan outlines how scientific research can help farmers to understand, to adapt to, and to minimize the increasingly disruptive impact of climate change.

I must concede that “why did the USDA bury the report?” is a dull question to frame as a mystery. At least part of the answer is as plain and pitiful as a flooded farm field. The White House has chosen to believe climate change is unreal, and it has staffed its agencies with other “everything-is-just-ducky” true believers.



But we just learned this month that the glaciers in Alaska are melting 100 times faster than anyone thought. That’s just one stunning element of hundreds of elements telling us – via science and basic common-sense observation – that climate change is dangerously real, whether the USDA wants to speak truth about it or not. 



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