US Unveils "Climate Hubs" In War Against Climate Change

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Just when you thought the "creativity" of this country's central planners couldn't get any greater, here comes the US Department of Agriculture with a brilliant plan to "mitigate the impact of a changing climate" - Climate Hubs. No really: Ag Sec Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. "Climate Hubs" will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management. Why is this being announced? "Today's announcement is part of the President's Climate Action Plan to responsibly cut carbon pollution, slow the effects of climate change and put America on track to a cleaner environment."

From the USDA

Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. "Climate Hubs" will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged that his Administration will continue to do everything in its power to act on climate change. Today's announcement is part of the President's Climate Action Plan to responsibly cut carbon pollution, slow the effects of climate change and put America on track to a cleaner environment.

"For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines," said Vilsack. "USDA's Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."

The Secretary first announced his intention to create the Hubs last summer. The Hubs will provide outreach and information to producers on ways to mitigate risks; public education about the risks climate change poses to agriculture, ranchlands and forests; regional climate risk and vulnerability assessments; and centers of climate forecast data and information. They will also link a broad network of partners participating in climate risk adaptation and mitigation, including universities; non-governmental organizations; federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Native Nations and organizations; state departments of environment and agriculture; research centers; farm groups and more.

Across the country, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are seeing an increase in risks to their operations due to fires, increases in invasive pests, droughts, and floods. For example, in the Midwest, growing seasons have lengthened by almost two weeks since 1950. The fire season is now 60 days longer than it was 30 years ago, and forests will become increasingly threatened by insect outbreaks, fire, drought and storms over the next 50 years. These events threaten our food supply and are costly for producers and rural economies. Drought alone was estimated to cost the U.S. $50 billion from 2011 to 2013. Such risks have implications not only for agricultural producers, but for all Americans.

The Hubs were chosen through a competitive process among USDA facilities. In addition to the seven Hubs, USDA is designating three Subsidiary Hubs ("Sub Hubs") that will function within the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest. The Sub Hubs will support the Hub within their region and focus on a narrow and unique set of issues relative to what will be going on in the rest of the Hub. The Southwest Sub Hub, located in Davis, California, will focus on specialty crops and Southwest forests, the Southeast Sub Hub will address issues important to the Caribbean, and the Midwest Sub Hub will address climate change and Lake State forests.

The following locations have been selected to serve as their region's center of climate change information and outreach to mitigate risks to the agricultural sector:

  • Midwest: National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Agricultural Research Service, Ames, Iowa
    • Sub-Hub in Houghton, Mich.
  • Northeast: Northern Research Station, Forest Service, Durham, N.H.
  • Southeast: Southern Research Station, Forest Service, Raleigh, N.C.
    • Sub-Hub in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Northern Plains: National Resources Center, Agricultural Research Service, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Southern Plains: Grazinglands Research Lab, Agricultural Research Service, El Reno, Okla.
  • Pacific Northwest: Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Service, Corvallis, Ore.
  • Southwest: Rangeland Management Unit/Jornada Experimental Range, Agricultural Research Service, Las Cruces, N.M.
    • Sub-hub in Davis, Calif.

"This is the next step in USDA's decades of work alongside farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to keep up production in the face of challenges," Vilsack said. "If we are to be effective in managing the risks from a shifting climate, we'll need to ensure that our managers in the field and our stakeholders have the information they need to succeed. That's why we're bringing all of that information together on a regionally-appropriate basis."

The Climate Hubs will build on the capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to support decision-making related to climate change across the country.

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Once again, one is left speechless.

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TruthInSunshine's picture

Whisper rumor that the USSA (aka Idiocracy) is seeding clouds with Brawndo*.

*The Thirst Mutilator!

TruthInSunshine's picture

Someone suggested using toilet water instead, but they were fired after government officials tried and failed to develop a flying toilet (after much tax-serf $$$ was spent on R&D).

redpill's picture

*wind-powered flying toilet

Would have worked but the smell was brutal.

john39's picture

interesting interview... the coming ice age:

meanwhile the marxists are strangling energy supplies to save us from "global warming".



James_Cole's picture

We should be technically entering an 'ice age', yet temps have been skyrocketing. HMMMMM

Stackers's picture

notice how it is no longer carbon "emissions" but carbon "pollution" now ?

macholatte's picture



Is this another “wolf in sheep’s clothing” agency that starts out with promoting itself with noble propaganda, we’re from the government and we’re here to help, and ends up being just another police force used to hammer citizens?


Do not ever say that the desire to 'do good' by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Ayn Rand



max2205's picture

Great another thing to protect against terroists.....

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In cave in rural France is painting circa 5000 BC, and is tell story. One day is rain much and lightening is loud and scary. Leader of cave community is explain danger of lightening and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for stopping of lightening. Every citizenry of community must bring it portion of berries and meat for sacrificial god and make incantation. Leader of cave community is so very smart, is not help hunt and gather, but is must make strategy and "guide" community for self-preservation technique. One day, citizen is look up and see is still lightening, but is look around and is still alive. Other is still alive. Lightening is come and go, and community is survive. Citizen is make comment at cave meeting and next day is fall in tar pit.

Leader of cave community is explain danger of tar pit and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for prevention of tar pit...

WarriorClass's picture

CT Collectivist Gun Grabber Ruthlessly Exposed By Sipsey Street Irregulars:

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Even as a sharp cynic, I find myself surprised at how assinine things have become in my country, the US of A.  It is something to behold

RafterManFMJ's picture

Your country? Best flush out your headgear.

trader1's picture

+1 hilarious!


but, we're talking about more than lightning here...

although i try not to be so gloom and doom, because i'm an optimist at heart...BUT,

a big issue is how to handle the future migration of people from rising sea levels coupled with the loss of aquamarine food chains necessary for human life sustenance in coastal + island areas...

Lore's picture

You appear to miss Boris's point. There is natural climate change and then there is the AGW swindle. "Man-Made Global Warming" is the latest in a long line of environmental false flags.  From comets to eclipses, storms to pandemics, salvation always lies with anointed subject matter "experts."  Government strives constantly to find new ways to justify and expand government. As its reach grows, new enemies are invented.

"'The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves." - V.I. Lenin

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

There is no AGW swindle. We can prove our activity produceses excess CO2, methane & we can prove that change is lethal.
We can measure it now in the acidic oceans, we can measure it now in the excess heat pockets over the excess CO2-expelling factories.
It's clear as day.
It's not a theory, it's proven.
To deny this is to pretend the moon is made of cotton-candy or that bitcoin is a real currency.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Political leader is have solution, is call "Soylent Green". Is perfect for making "green" economy.

Lore's picture

Yes. Exactly.

"The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention [WHOSE intervention?], and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior [WHOSE changes? WHOSE attitudes and behavior?] that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is [construed as] humanity itself." - Club of Rome

TimmyB's picture

The consensus here is for everyone to stick their heads in the sand and ignore man-made climate change.  Good luck changing that.

Ident 7777 economy's picture



Yo! Azzhat! Your recommendation is to give govt all OUR money and starve our business and industrial system?


What are you - fully retarded or something? 

TimmyB's picture

Hey fucktard, where, other than in the hallucinations your fucked up head creates for itself, did I write anything like that? Or are you just a liar.

Lumberjack's picture

Boris, that is the funniest god damn thing I have ever seen and thank you as I do WB-7 for the great work here. I would love to see WB do some art regarding your comment and wonder if you would be able to write occasional articles here, (attention tylers), at ZH? Your word smithing is priceless.

AlamoJack's picture

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by Compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.  - Ayn Rand

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.  - George Orwell

El Diablo Rojo's picture

Boris (A lot of Crap) Alatovkrap - you are one of my favorites!

Lost My Shorts's picture

Sadly, what neither Rand nor Orwell understood was that their work would be taken as how-to guides rather than warnings.  Many of those who deal in favors rather than goods, who produce nothing (but poisoned financial derivatives), who get rich by graft and insider trading, are vocal libertarian Ayn Rand fans who fully believe that their amoral dealings constitute "earning" their vast wealth.  They are Larry Kudlow's "successful earners".

AlamoJack's picture

Oh yeah, I'm sure Osama Ben Doodlin' and the Pope also say their Libertarians.  You obviously don't even know what a Libertarian is or is supposed to be.

3 of the 60 men that signed the Texas Declaration of Independence were Mexican.

TimmyB's picture

Do you purchase necessities, such as food, water and shelter, by consent or by compulsion?

Lost My Shorts's picture

To begin with, it's probably just enviro-pork -- patronage jobs for climate activists to placate them, so they will support the Democrats and overlook the fact that the Dems will never actually do anything impolitic about climate change.  All talk and new bureaucracy, no real action.

Over time, however, all bureaucracies follow the bureaucratic imperative to grow their power, turf, and funding, so long after Barry-O and Vilsack are retired to Hawaii or wherever, the bureaucratic juggernaut will be doing all the things you worry about on their own initiative.  It's their nature.

AlamoJack's picture

Ahh.  A staunch Republican or more likely a "status quo - ho".  Can't lose all those military and chemical industry jobs and bribes, huh.  Keep on votin' and keep on gettin' what you've been gettin' Einstein.

SAT 800's picture

Officially declared by the EPA; pollution. A certificate of insanity on their part. LIfe on the planet is impossible without c02; green plants live on it. Complete and perfect insanity.

Poor Grogman's picture

This bullshit is just a reaction to the slowly developing worldwide hydrocarbon Shortage.

The PTB think that they can "manage" people's perceptions so that everyone will tow the line and just use less fossil fuel voluntarily.

They would like to think they can stop people hoarding, hedging, and generally ensuring their own supply continuity...

Without a "global consensus" on this "low carbon fairy dust bullshit", the whole NWO paradigm ends up in looting, hoarding and running street battles, as people refuse to accept the coming inevitable drop in living standards.

But maybe I reading it wrong...

AlamoJack's picture

No worries.  The gubmint knows best what's good for us, but not them.  Please burn all the fossil fuel you can get your hands on.  I make gasoline and propane for a living - actually just on paper, but I eventually get a little insitu.  Smells like money to me.  Grow more plants.  They love CO2.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Well I've done my part; I've set my thermostat to 45F and laid in a supply of wool LederHosen.

Flakmeister's picture

You guys enjoying your circle jerk in make believe land?

Poor Grogman's picture

You know I'm right.

I can see that you're gradually coming around.

Just remember, the government like a predator consumes the weak and gullible first.

Flakmeister's picture

And the Earth doesn't care whether it is inhabitable or not and whether we shit in our own crib...

BTW, I think you meant "a corporation like...", the government was the first casualty...   

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

And life on this planet is impossible with too much CO2.
You seem to want everyone to be too stupid to notice that inconvenient truth.
Ya, I went there.

NidStyles's picture

Notice how they are setting up things just like in the good red book by Marx and community organizers handbook?

Calmyourself's picture

Bravo, carefully watch their language it shows how they intend to cover their "Newspeak" past and distort your future..

pondview28's picture

This is way beyond political speak: it is official. The EPA now defines CO2 as a pollutant and that has been backed up by the Supreme Court. No more exhaling!

torak's picture

Note the disconnect in correlation between CO2 and temperature starting in 2007.  Al Gore et. al. must have shit a brick.  Now, how to keep the con rolling until GS, Gore, and friends can cash in on carbon credit trading?  Have the growingly irrelevant MSM keep stoking the fire.


Flakmeister's picture

This is new, so now GW stopped in 2007??

Make up your minds guys... 

A Nanny Moose's picture

Good. Food doesn't grow so well when the ground is covered in all that white shit.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

It doesn't grow at all when all the moisture is trapped in the hot atmosphere, refusing to rain. crops die.
Like in the last 3 years of heat waves due to global warming.

PrintemDano's picture

Wiki as a reference......bwahahaha

john39's picture

climate hubs... aka, Agenda 21.

Ignatius's picture

Vilsack has come to help.

That special, Monsanto, kind of help.