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Published on September 28th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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Secretary of Agriculture: "Hard to Explain" How Anyone Could Not Tell the Climate is Changing

September 28th, 2011 by

tom vilsack

Yes, with heat records in the U.S. and elsewhere being set like there’s no tomorrow, disaster records being set in a similar manner, and a little bit of 1 plus 1 equals 2, it’s hard to believe anyone would not believe climate change is already happening. We are seeing the early effects of global warming today!

Add on the following chart on who has stated human-caused global warming is happening and who hasn’t, and one really has to wonder what Tea Partiers are smoking (since it is mostly just Tea Partiers who are still denying the science).

 

These Groups Say The Danger Of Manmade Global Warming Is A . . .
FACT FRAUD
U.S. Agency for International Development
United States Department of Agriculture
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
National Institute of Standards and Technology
United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Energy
National Institutes of Health
United States Department of State
United States Department of Transportation
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
International Arctic Science Committee
Arctic Council
African Academy of Sciences
Australian Academy of Sciences
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
Academia Brasileira de Ciéncias
Cameroon Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of Canada
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Académie des Sciences, France
Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina of Germany
Indonesian Academy of Sciences
Royal Irish Academy
Accademia nazionale delle scienze of Italy
Indian National Science Academy
Science Council of Japan
Kenya National Academy of Sciences
Madagascar’s National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Academia Mexicana de Ciencias
Nigerian Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of New Zealand
Polish Academy of Sciences
Russian Academy of Sciences
l’Académie des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal
Academy of Science of South Africa
Sudan Academy of Sciences
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Tanzania Academy of Sciences
Turkish Academy of Sciences
Uganda National Academy of Sciences
The Royal Society of the United Kingdom
National Academy of Sciences, United States
Zambia Academy of Sciences
Zimbabwe Academy of Science
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Physics
American Medical Association
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
American Public Health Association
American Quaternary Association
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society of Agronomy
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Plant Biologists
American Statistical Association
Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
Botanical Society of America
Crop Science Society of America
Ecological Society of America
Federation of American Scientists
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Natural Science Collections Alliance
Organization of Biological Field Stations
Society of American Foresters
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of Systematic Biologists
Soil Science Society of America
Australian Coral Reef Society
Australian Medical Association
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Engineers Australia
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
Geological Society of Australia
British Antarctic Survey
Institute of Biology, UK
Royal Meteorological Society, UK
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
European Federation of Geologists
European Geosciences Union
European Physical Society
European Science Foundation
International Association for Great Lakes Research
International Union for Quaternary Research
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Health Organization
World Meteorological Organization
American Petroleum Institute
US Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Industrial Minerals Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Great Northern Project Development
Rosebud Mining
Massey Energy
Alpha Natural Resources
Southeastern Legal Foundation
Georgia Agribusiness Council
Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Corn Refiners Association
National Association of Home Builders
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
Western States Petroleum Association
“FACT” organizations from Is There a Scientific Consensus on Global Warming?, SkepticalScience.com.
“FRAUD” organizations are petitioners v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.

 

Apparently, though, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is pretty fed up with the global warming deniers and their influence on politics. Check out this video from an interview last week (transcript follows):

BROWNER: It’s nice to hear someone use the word “climate change” in this current political debate we have going on about the science.

VILSACK: Can I just say something about that?

BROWNER: [Laughs] This was not in the script.

VILSACK: No it wasn’t but I think it’s important to point out what’s happening here. We have record droughts in the southern part of our country, record droughts. We have record snowfall and snowmelt in the northern part of our country which is now causing significant flooding challenges. The average, and the worst week of tornados we’ve ever experienced in this country is roughly about 150 tornados in a week; in May we had 350 tornados in one week. We had a hurricane and a tropical storm that didn’t just impact the coast areas as it normally does, but was in upstate New York—upstate New York—looking at damage resulting from the storm that basically wiped out whole fields of agricultural crops—whole fields. Folks who had never experienced flooding conditions, that were directly related to a storm that was hundreds of miles away. If people don’t understand that the climate is changing, it’s just hard to explain how anybody could not see that, given this year that we’ve had with natural disasters.

Thank You, Mr. Vilsack!

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  • Uncle B

    “Americans in Denial” not hard to find! The Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore has done her job well! First off: radioactivity dangers, next safety of food supplies SEE: UNIVERSITE DE SHERBROOKE – GMO’s
    http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/13047-bt-toxin-found-in-blood-of-pregnant-women-and-fetuses
    Research Paper – Made public:
    http://somloquesembrem.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/arisleblanc2011.pdf
    Also: http://www.enveurope.com/content/23
    Also: http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2011/10/studies-conclude-gmo-feed-causes-organ-disruption-in-animals/#.To4KgLJ22uI
    Poison crops spread uncontrollably
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111005172643.htm
    Miscarriages in livestock
    http://farmandranchfreedom.org/gmo-miscarriages
    Corporate thugs suspected:
    http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/01/roundup-part-i-a-very-serious-poison/comment-page-1/#comment-200382
    http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2011/10/gmo-soy-linked-to-sterility-infant-mortality/#.TqmvHbLRiuI
    Even humble little Canada can afford universal Health care – not the mighty U.S.A.?
    Metric – like the rest of the world?
    “American Dream” impossibly unsustainable in a worlds of 7 Billion people and diminishing resources.
    EV-1 forced disappearance! Google torrent, the documentary, “Who Stole The Electric Car”, You judge, You see! What does the general population really know of this?
    Marijuana – American equivalent of the Vodka solace to Soviets in U.S.S.R.?
    Spent fuel stored at reactors?

  • http://Web Jeff

    There is nothing wrong with people questioning policies and beliefs. Those that just take opinions of others are not educated enough make a decision on anything. Regardless of what people have said the only thing that matters is FACT. Unfortunately the scientific data to support or deny global warming claims is flawed and narrow in scope. I refuse to accept nor deny global warming and live my life as if it did exist. The scientific community has made it taboo to question the validity of global warming and that’s part of the problem. When was the last time a real debate was had on the existence of global warming? You will be hard pressed to find one that leans the way of global warming. Every decade there are new dangers and things that spur fear and this seems to be the fear for 2000′s. Bird flu, Killer bees, ozone layer, deforistation, and so on.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/zshahan/ Zachary Shahan

      Jeff, i can see you are an earnest person with good intentions. But the fact of the matter is that climate science is extremely robust, has decades upon decades of research and empirical evidence, and global warming has been proven not based on one line of evidence but over 10. (The findings are sound and, TOGETHER, tell us very clearly what is happening, despite what some industry leaders and politicians tell us.) The science is anything but narrow (see: http://www.skepticalscience.com/empirical-evidence-for-global-warming.htm ; http://planetsave.com/2010/08/18/humans-cause-global-warming-10-indicators/). And it is for exactly this reason that the following organizations have declared that the world is warming due to human causes:

      U.S. Agency for International Development
      United States Department of Agriculture
      National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      United States Department of Defense
      United States Department of Energy
      National Institutes of Health
      United States Department of State
      United States Department of Transportation
      U.S. Geological Survey
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
      National Center for Atmospheric Research
      National Aeronautics & Space Administration
      National Science Foundation
      Smithsonian Institution
      International Arctic Science Committee
      Arctic Council
      African Academy of Sciences
      Australian Academy of Sciences
      Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
      Academia Brasileira de Ciéncias
      Cameroon Academy of Sciences
      Royal Society of Canada
      Caribbean Academy of Sciences
      Chinese Academy of Sciences
      Académie des Sciences, France
      Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
      Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina of Germany
      Indonesian Academy of Sciences
      Royal Irish Academy
      Accademia nazionale delle scienze of Italy
      Indian National Science Academy
      Science Council of Japan
      Kenya National Academy of Sciences
      Madagascar’s National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences
      Academy of Sciences Malaysia
      Academia Mexicana de Ciencias
      Nigerian Academy of Sciences
      Royal Society of New Zealand
      Polish Academy of Sciences
      Russian Academy of Sciences
      l’Académie des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal
      Academy of Science of South Africa
      Sudan Academy of Sciences
      Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
      Tanzania Academy of Sciences
      Turkish Academy of Sciences
      Uganda National Academy of Sciences
      The Royal Society of the United Kingdom
      National Academy of Sciences, United States
      Zambia Academy of Sciences
      Zimbabwe Academy of Science
      American Academy of Pediatrics
      American Association for the Advancement of Science
      American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
      American Astronomical Society
      American Chemical Society
      American College of Preventive Medicine
      American Geophysical Union
      American Institute of Physics
      American Medical Association
      American Meteorological Society
      American Physical Society
      American Public Health Association
      American Quaternary Association
      American Institute of Biological Sciences
      American Society of Agronomy
      American Society for Microbiology
      American Society of Plant Biologists
      American Statistical Association
      Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
      Botanical Society of America
      Crop Science Society of America
      Ecological Society of America
      Federation of American Scientists
      Geological Society of America
      National Association of Geoscience Teachers
      Natural Science Collections Alliance
      Organization of Biological Field Stations
      Society of American Foresters
      Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
      Society of Systematic Biologists
      Soil Science Society of America
      Australian Coral Reef Society
      Australian Medical Association
      Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
      Engineers Australia
      Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
      Geological Society of Australia
      British Antarctic Survey
      Institute of Biology, UK
      Royal Meteorological Society, UK
      Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
      Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
      European Federation of Geologists
      European Geosciences Union
      European Physical Society
      European Science Foundation
      International Association for Great Lakes Research
      International Union for Quaternary Research
      International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
      World Federation of Public Health Associations
      World Health Organization
      World Meteorological Organization
      Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/13m7y)

      There are no longer debates on the existence of gravity, or on heliocentrism, or on the fact that smoking can cause cancer. Why? Is it because of a lack of facts?

      No, it is because of the clear evidence…

      On some of your other points:
      – The bird flu issue was not based on decades (or actually even over a century) of scientific research, nor ‘killer bees’.
      – The ozone layer was a great problem, but we addressed it. Yay for strong govt action!
      – Deforestation is still a huge problem, it is a huge factor related to global warming.

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