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Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan

Jul 19, 2019

By Helena Bottemiller Evich

The Agriculture Department quashed the release of a sweeping plan on how to respond to climate change that was finalized in the early days of the Trump administration, according to a USDA employee with knowledge of the decision.

Staff members across several USDA agencies drafted the multiyear plan that outlines how the department should help agriculture understand, adapt to and minimize the effects of climate change.

Top officials, however, decided not to release the plan and told staff members to keep it for internal use only, the employee told POLITICO. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution.

The goal was to map out “the science that USDA needs to pursue over the next five to eight years for the department to meet the needs of the nation,” according to the plan, a copy of which was shared with POLITICO.

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4 comments on “Trump’s USDA buried sweeping climate change response plan

  • Didn’t the Reagan administration do the same thing with the report on the growing hole in the ozone? I can’t help but wonder how much further along we would be if the truth had been acknowledged and acted upon so long ago…

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  • Vicki

    It’ll always be the same so long as those in power are such devoted worshippers at the altar of neoliberalism, always putting their goal of continual, never-ending economic growth before every other consideration.

    But it’s not even a purely economic thing – after all, tackling environmental issues creates as many opportunities for commerce and profit as it shuts down. It’s also ideological: the danger inherent in acknowledging that there are limits to what capitalism can and may do; the danger of even once seeming to accept responsibility for the planet and the environment. For them, it’s the most lethal of slippery slopes, because it challenges their creed that making money is all that matters. They don’t want to hear, they don’t want to know, and they certainly don’t want to act.

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  • The demand for “alternative facts” seems to be feature of right wing governments!

    The Brazilian bozo seems to be another out of the regular science denier mould!

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accused his own country’s national space institute of lying about the scale of deforestation in the Amazon.
    He said the institute was smearing Brazil’s reputation abroad by publishing data showing a dramatic increase in deforestation there.

    The far-right president said he wanted to meet with the head of the agency to discuss the issue.

    The National Space Research Institute (Inpe) says its data is 95% accurate.

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