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There was a time when America’s farmers and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) could be put on a pedestal for honesty and ethics. The farmers are still there but the USDA has been politicized just as nearly every federal agency has been. This has been accomplished through the efforts of their technical staffs appointed by the Obama and previous administrations. These unelected career bureaucrats, often referred to as the ‘deep state,’ are staunch liberals or progressives (more appropriate called ‘regressives’), and, if not actually leftists, are certainly fighting for increased socialism.
The current Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, was well chosen by President Donald Trump to put our agricultural house in order. He has filled the upper echelon of the agency with straight shooters. However, below the surface, the agency remains heavily influenced by those promoting the fraud that are destroying life as we know it through the use of our bountiful fossil fuels.
They do this by telling colossal lies about agriculture being severely diminished by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). This, despite the fact that most of us learned in high school that CO2 is the gas that keeps plants alive just as oxygen keeps us alive.
These biased scientists expect us to believe that a little extra warmth and a lot more CO2 will wreak havoc on our food supply. Happily, President Trump remembers his high school science well enough to recognize that this is nonsense and, accordingly, he has stopped the publishing of the agriculture department’s press releases of fraudulent science. He cannot easily get rid of the thousands of deep state leftists, but he can stifle their bull horns intended to scare the public with unscientific alarmist claims.
Here are the topics of some of the studies reported by politico.com that did not result in press releases touting them, presumably because Secretary Perdue blocked them as inappropriate and unscientific.
In response to a question from politico.com regarding the decline of press releases on agriculture/climate studies, Secretary Perdue said in April:
“We know ‘that’ research, some has been found in the past to not have been adequately peer-reviewed in a way that created wrong information, and we’re very serious when we say we’re fact-based, data-driven decision makers. That relies on sound replicable science rather than opinion. What I see unfortunately happens many times is that we tried to make policy decisions based on political science rather than one sound science.”
If this causes your eyes to glaze over, just remember what we know for sure: CO2 makes up far less than one percent of the atmosphere’s heat trapping greenhouse gases and only one ten thousandth of all the molecules in the air. This places CO2 at one of the lowest levels in Earth’s history, leaving us far closer to a dangerously low level of the gas than any risk of too high a level. CO2 could triple and we would see nothing but positive effects.
Indeed, most plants are best adapted to far higher levels of CO2 than we currently have in the atmosphere, which is why greenhouse operators regularly boost the gas to 1200 parts per million, three times that found in the outside air.
The result? Plants grow faster and with less water requirements. Secretary Perdue is right to put the lid on alarmist climate claims.
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“The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of government-funded studies that carry warnings about the effects of climate change…” (Politico investigation, “Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change” by Helena Bottemiller Evich).
It is strange the author’s of this opinion piece who claim to be members of a climate science organization would support the government refusing to publicize studies warning about the effects of climate change.