When CNSNews.com informed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the scientific fact that there has been no global warming since 1995, the man said:
Well, all I can say is the vast majority of scientists and researchers believe that there has been a significant climate change, which has occurred. There are some indications that this decade has been one of the warmest, if not the warmest, in many, many, many, many centuries.
Crickets chirped. Mini-bats circled the skull.
And had Vilsack murmured that Santa Claus is angry about Santa Claus being angry about massive snows hitting the Northern Hemisphere and making his annual jaunt all the more grueling this year?
In the CNS interview, Vilsack claimed:
We obviously, within the United States, have some indication of the impact of climate change in the western part of the United States. The pine bark beetle infestation is killing millions and millions of trees in Colorado and Montana and Wyoming, for example, in part as a result of winters not being as severe as they have been in the past. Those beetles basically survive the winter in greater numbers, and the result is that we are faced with a fairly serious issue with forest management.
The fact that there are no facts to support such claims eludes Mr. Vilsack, who went on to say:
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet, and the United States is taking significant action to meet this challenge.
Social and environmental justice zealot Lisa Jackson is indeed pushing her EPA to produce business- and economy-killing regulations faster than the rate of descent of Barack Obama’s poll numbers. Not to be outdone by Jackson in the nonsense department, Vilsack toots his USDA horn:
Even in the absence of national climate legislation, there remain opportunities for farmers, ranchers and forest owners to be compensated for greenhouse gas-reducing activities through voluntary and state-run offset programs and through the actions of individual companies.
That’s right, Washington will spend yet more money that it doesn’t have, taken from taxpayers not yet born, to pay people to do worthless things, in order to solve a nonexistent problem.
Vilsack’s most glassy-eyed moment came when he said:
Farmers, ranchers and forest owners have a tremendous amount to contribute to fighting climate change and to also ensuring that we adapt to climate change. Farmers are helping make America more energy independent while at the same time generating new rural income by producing renewable energy.
And, I believe farmers, ranchers, and forest owners have the potential to benefit from markets for greenhouse gas reductions that could provide other new economic opportunities. Indeed, addressing climate change will be much easier if we enlist landowners to produce energy and undertake practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Again, crickets chirped. Really, really loud, the crickets chirped.
The man who runs the USDA believes that if he motivates business people to do things that make everything more expensive, then prosperity will rise and “climate change” that cannot be stopped will be stopped.
Don’t we feel inspired?