Climate Change

The Trump Regime is Suppressing Studies On Climate Change

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to a new report from Politico, the Department of Agriculture has buried dozens of scientific reports prepared by the department's own government-funded scientists that detail the potential consequences of climate change.

That's hardly surprising, but what makes this unique is that these studies aren't about the causes of climate change. In fact, according to Politico, the studies make no effort to link climate change to human activity; they simply spell out the consequences global warming will have on the agricultural industry.

The studies range from a groundbreaking discovery that rice loses vitamins in a carbon-rich environment — a potentially serious health concern for the 600 million people world-wide whose diet consists mostly of rice — to a finding that climate change could exacerbate allergy seasons to a warning to farmers about the reduction in quality of grasses important for raising cattle.

All of these studies were peer-reviewed by scientists and cleared through the non-partisan Agricultural Research Service, one of the world’s leading sources of scientific information for farmers and consumers.

It's not as if refusing to disseminate or talk about these findings will make the problem go away. The dramatic effects of climate change are already here as seen in the Midwest where millions of acres of farmland have been flooded for months and thousands of farmers have lost the ability to plant crops.

And this is just the beginning. This is the easy part. It's only going to get worse five years down the road; ten years down road; twenty.

This is purely speculation, of course, but I expect that some future presidential administration will find itself in court defending the federal government from a wide range of complainants spanning every sector of the economy who will sue the federal government for suppressing or even falsifying reports on climate change during previous administrations.

Who will pay the bill for coastal enclaves that are swallowed by the ocean? Who will pay for the permanent loss of millions of acres of farmland? Who will pay for relocating the entire population of Phoenix?

The Great Climate Change Bailout of 2050 will be epic. And it may not even take that long.

  • Draxiar

    Ah, see…if they acknowledge there is a problem then people will expect them to do something about it. Since this administration is incapable of doing anything that’s actually useful they bury it so the problem is “unseen”.

  • Badgerite

    There is no doubt that the gop is choosing the vested interest of fossil fuels over the interests of the American people.
    Think Progress has an excellent piece on how the feasibility of renewable energy is being affected by the revolution in battery technology the world over. Especially in Europe. Renewable energy systems aren’t just coming. They are here.
    Most hopeful thing I’ve read in a while.
    The article is A 100% Renewable Grid Isn’t Just Feasible, It’s In The Works in Europe.
    “Europe will be 90% renewable powered in two decades, experts say.”
    Coal? Are these people ( see gop) complete idiots or simply so ffffing corrupt they just don’t care.

    • muselet

      I think it’s a combination of Rs being complete idiots and also knowing The Base well enough to get them to cheer making the libs cry. Two sides of the same coin, really.


    • Wookie Monster

      Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson is running segments on the evils of the metric system. Just like with high-speed rail, they’re determined to make sure America never has nice things again.

  • muselet

    Hands up, everyone who didn’t see this coming. I count … no hands.

    And just to make the story a little worse, the administration is planning to move the Agricultural Research Service from the DC area to Kansas City, ostensibly so the researchers will be closer to agricultural producers (as if you need to get cow shit on your shoes to do scientific research); more likely it’s so most of the professional staff will quit.

    When Mike Pence robotically repeated yesterday that the administration will “follow the science” on climate change, he was lying, loudly and clearly.