Obama’s next executive-action push: “Climate hubs” and sub-hubs? What?

posted at 1:41 pm on February 5, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Er… Is this kinda’ like that ultra-lame, ultra-pandering “promise zone” initiative he started a few weeks ago? Via the NYT:

On the heels of the Senate’s passage of a long-awaited farm bill, the Obama administration is to announce on Wednesday the creation of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities respond to the risks of climate change, including drought, invasive pests, fires and floods. …

In substance, the creation of the climate hubs is a limited step, but it is part of a broader campaign by the administration to advance climate policy wherever possible with executive authority. The action is also part of a push to build political support for the administration’s more divisive moves on climate change — in particular, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on coal-fired power plants.

Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture and a former Iowa governor, is to announce the creation of the climate hubs at a White House briefing.

“For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges,” Mr. Vilsack is to say, according to prepared remarks. “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.”

Well. The seven “hubs” and several “sub-hubs” are going to be set up at already-existing USDA facilities and it looks like this really only amounts to some flimsy administrative reshuffling with a nice alliterative name tacked on, but Obama has been talking a big game about all of the executive actions he’s going to implement to “act” on climate change wherever he can and where Congress won’t. The greens have been mighty upset with him lately about his “all of the above” energy platform and what looks like the pending inevitably (…maybe?) of the Keystone XL pipeline, and he has to do something to try and mitigate their complaints, I suppose. You might think that basically cutting the coal industry off at the knees via regulatory fiat would be enough… but it never is.


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…how about sitting on something JugEars…you know…where the sun don’t shine!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Remind me again… where will the funding come from?

Please identify which Paul will get robbed to pay which Peter-friend-of-Obama?

CiLH1 on February 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Nice bishop KA2!

Hmmmm, they are gonna push this agenda and push it and push it.

I am with you KA2, push it to where the sun don’t shine!! ;)

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Political payoffs.

LegendHasIt on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

All 7 hubs are in purple spots.

These are just cash cows for Goebbelian efforts. He sends his regards from his grave, written in his semen.

This admin. surpasses all his dreams and then some.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What farming is prevalent in NM?

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

This govt is all about growth, it’s own, and all at our expense!

It is time to really do somthing!!

A call to massive protests is in order…

Or we can count ourselves as being on the Endangered Species List and no one will care what happens to us.

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

They will weaken flyover country and simply walk in and take over, round us up and off we go…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Typical.

The solution to any problem (real or imaginary) is to create a government agency.

And if that agency fails, the solution is to create another agency to overlook the actions of the first agency.

Repeat ad nauseum

PackerBronco on February 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Speaking of farming, don’t forget this cow, with deep apologies to the dumb cows.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The irony that he signs such on a very cold day escapes the buffoon.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Wow! It’s about time! We’ll use these climate hubs to finally take control of that nasty climate, right? Let’s call them and order up some warmer weather!

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

We have been vilefied to the extent that who would care now if we all disappeared?

They would be cheering for our demise, sad to say…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, hubs in Iowa, New Hampshire . . . Not too obvious, is it?

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

…I’m as tired of these clowns in Washington…as I am of the weather right now!…but we have the power to change the one!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

What farming is prevalent in NM?

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Dope, doooooooooode.

bigmacdaddy on February 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Climate hubs? What a crock. Some quotes from the climate loons:
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 1960s
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 1970s
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 1980s
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 1990s
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 2000s
“We are on the brink of disaster. Urgent action by the government is needed.” -Econuts and Democrats, 2010s

anotherJoe on February 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of an out of control federal government and host of eco-Marxist environmental groups changing and shifting political climate, which impacts both our nation’s forests and our farmers’ bottom lines.” and our food security.

Charlemagne on February 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Hubs will be set up in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico. As well as these, “sub-hubs” will be set up in Puerto Rico, California and Michigan.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

You’d think that basically cutting the coal industry off at the knees via regulatory fiat would be enough, but evidently not.

Not for Gang Green. Nothing short of a return to mud huts, bicycles, rowboats, and flora apparel would appease those nut-jobs.

antipc on February 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

bigmacdaddy on February 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Thanks – forgot about the choomed DC bunch, pajama-boy-king on top of all.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The hubs will be covered with special paint which reflects CO2 rays and deters global warming insectoids.

Bishop on February 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

What the govt is evolving into will not be happy until we are all beholden to it and or employed by it.

Just heard that 2.4 million people will be further unemployed by 2024 because of Obamacare, and the good news is, that’s a good thing, because ‘subsidies’… lmao…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Scrumpy, for you

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I want to stay optimistic KA2, but in the back of my mind, I don’t see it changing for us as a whole…

Every day this govt gets more and more powerful and backed by big corps etc, we are on the downslide, but I always have hope for a change!! I just look too realistically at what is happening ):

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

The hubs will be covered with special paint which reflects CO2 rays and deters global warming insectoids.

Bishop on February 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Special paint that will require massive “investment” in infrastucture to build the manufacturing facility. To be produced for the government by a no-bid contract by a company that “coincidentally” bundled cash for OFA.

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I missed that am just catching up via talk radio, thank you :)

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 3h

More on the hubs from @USDA at http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2014/02/0016.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

Secy of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will have more on hubs and sub hubs at the start of the WH press briefing today at 1pm/ET.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

The initial hubs are in Houghton MI, Durham NH, Raleigh NC, Puerto Rico, Fort Collins CO, El Reno OK, Corvallis OR & Las Cruces NM.
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News Release
Release No. 0016.14
Contact:
Office of Communications (202)720-4623

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

‘Climate Hubs’ will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President’s Climate Action Plan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—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
Midwest Sub-Hub in Houghton, Mich.
Northeast: Northern Research Station, Forest Service, Durham, N.H.
Southeast: Southern Research Station, Forest Service, Raleigh N.C.
Southeast 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.
Southwest 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.
For more information, visit http://www.usda.gov/climatechange.
#
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Last Date Modified: 02/05/2014

http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2014/02/0016.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

*********** Big Gov. Gotten Bigger **********************!!

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Just heard that 2.4 million people will be further unemployed by 2024 because of Obamacare, and the good news is, that’s a good thing, because ‘subsidies’… lmao…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

That’s 2.4 million more people being given the opportunity to spend more quality time at home! Don’t be a hater!

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Obama climate change plan
54m
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces creation of climate change hubs that will study ways to mitigate effects of climate change on agriculture – @lesleyclark

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Hey, whatever destroys wealth, enriches cronies, limits liberty, and ensures a downward trajectory for the USA.

-progressive

Murphy9 on February 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Ain’t that the effin’ truth…

Le Sigh

SPIT!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

President whack job.

VorDaj on February 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

They can’t mitgate shite.

We have to change and adapt as our planet goes through her changes as she always has on a cyclical cycle…

I dispise these bozo’s canopfor…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Well, this sounds like a huge boondoggle, that nobody in America gives a damn about – except for maybe some of Barry’s big money environmental wacko donors.

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Er… Is this kinda’ like that ultra-lame, ultra-pandering “promise zone”
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Yup, and while Hopey has “Plans”,

where’s the Boinking……#$%^&*()(*&^%$#%^&*(O*&^%$#%^&*()O(*&U^%$#
loot coming from to pay for these Brilliant
Big Government Job Creations!!!??

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

On the heels of the Senate’s passage of a long-awaited farm bill, the Obama administration is to announce on Wednesday the creation of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities respond to the risks of climate change, including drought, invasive pests, fires and floods. …

Just heard this reported on the radio at the top of the hour. Don’t laugh… this “Climate Hubs” order is much bigger than the toothless boondoggle you make it out to be.

The top-of-the-hour news paints a slightly different picture. From what I could gather, it’s less about “helping farmers” and more about information gathering. The decree establishes bases for Obama’s environmental gauleiters to gather information from farmers, send this information further up the chain of command, for it to be interpreted and forged into more top-down command-economy regulations.

MARK MY WORDS…
Farmers, expect to be seeing uninvited Climate Hub-Hipsters trampling your crops and snooping in your barns and silos- to be followed by more regulations.

Glenn Jericho on February 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Happy Nomad on February 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

In the future, bots will take over and we will all live a life of sendentarianism… ;)

Govt caring for us from birth to death…

They will just print new money to keep up…

Cuz no one will actually produce anything any longer…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

US farm bill 2013-2014
46m
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says new farm bill, which President Obama signs Friday, will allow new assistance to livestock producers hurting from California drought – @markknoller

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

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

‘Climate Hubs’ will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President’s Climate Action Plan…

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Read this about REGIONALISM. I found this in conjunction with reading about education, but IMHO this is what is going on. It’s from August 2012, but no one has mentioned it with any frequency:

Burn Down the Suburbs?
Not exactly, but Obama is already working to get rid of them.

By Stanley Kurtz

Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation. To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term. The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities….

INC on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

MARK MY WORDS…
Farmers, expect to be seeing uninvited Climate Hub-Hipsters trampling your crops and snooping in your barns and silos- to be followed by more regulations.

Glenn Jericho on February 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

That IS the whole point of this boondoggle, more effing control.

Communism/Socialism/Facism is being ramped up…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

They can’t mitgate shite.

We have to change and adapt as our planet goes through her changes as she always has on a cyclical cycle…

I dispise these bozo’s canopfor…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Scrumpy: I do agree, and the SUN is a huge factor!

Check out SunSpot AR1967:)

http://spaceweather.com/

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

INC on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Sickening isn’t it when the whole picture comes together.

Rural areas having to pay for the city folk…

Eff ‘em all…

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

This is where Obama is focused on Job Creation,
all his Plans, for bigger Government, …no wonder the GOP are fed up!

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Been following that via CtoC mate, but yeah, they discount the sun, and new science has put the sun back front and center for affecting our climate… I find it fascinating!!

Thanks for the link :)

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

MARK MY WORDS…
Farmers, expect to be seeing uninvited Climate Hub-Hipsters trampling your crops and snooping in your barns and silos- to be followed by more regulations.

Glenn Jericho on February 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Yeah, this “climate change” nonsense is just a cover; an excuse for more control.

We’re watching real tyranny unfold before our eyes. America gradually becoming a totalitarian police state – unless SOMETHING is done to stop it.

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Oops!

Barack Obama
4mo
Republicans urge Obama administration to fully disclose plans to tackle climate change,


including cost

– @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

United States
7mo
Obama on climate change: ‘Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction’ – Live video
end of alert
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Barack Obama
7mo
Obama: ‘Those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it. They’re busy dealing with it’ – Live video

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Just another ruse to tax us all to hell…

I can’t do it, but those who can GO GALT!!

Don’t sink any more money into this leviathan… it’s OBSCENE!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Been following that via CtoC mate, but yeah, they discount the sun, and new science has put the sun back front and center for affecting our climate… I find it fascinating!!

Thanks for the link :)

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Scrumpy:Anytime Scrumpy:)

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

When does the “climate offer” come knocking on your door to monitor your usage.

Oil Can on February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Which is it?

Global Warming or Global Cooling these finks can’t make up their minds…

Effing CONTROL FREAKS!!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I can’t do it, but those who can GO GALT!!

Don’t sink any more money into this leviathan… it’s OBSCENE!

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Scrumpy: Lol, on the Lviathan. I have found Mark Knollers twitter
gives the goods daily, on Hopeys Sneaky Plans, and always
links the devious Plans websites:)

https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

US farm bill 2013-2014
46m
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says new farm bill, which President Obama signs Friday, will allow new assistance to livestock producers hurting from California drought – @markknoller

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Which resulted from….Barack Obama and Obama Party-pushed enviro-whacko initiatives that put the lives of minnows ahead of the livelihoods of millions of farmers, farm workers, and businesses that support agriculture and their communities.

Poison as food, poison as antidote. These repulsive and sick Obama puppets and their idiot racist child Baracka can do nothing but destroy.

northdallasthirty on February 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

When does the “climate offer” come knocking on your door to monitor your usage.

Oil Can on February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Oil Can: I will surmise, er,guess, that HubGoons will branch out from the
Hubs and Sub-Hubs, and probably Micro_Hubs too,..for this Climate
Action Blitz Herr’Krieg Sumpins!!(sarc):0

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MeanWhile,……

California drought 2014
6m
Drought forces California farmers to idle 500,000 acres of cropland due to irrigation water cutbacks – @Reuters
read more on cnbc.com

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

INC on February 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Yes, the ultimate so-called “progressive” agenda. I think they would like to eventually have us all move into the cities, living in small apartments; everyone using public transportation and getting your health care from the neighborhood government clinic – where you might see the one doctor once a year. Sort of like, uh, Communist China.

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yeah, it is. Stanley Kurtz is about the only person I’ve read who has discussed regionalism. He published a column adapted from his book Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

INC on February 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Poison as food, poison as antidote. These repulsive and sick Obama puppets and their idiot racist child Baracka can do nothing but destroy.

northdallasthirty on February 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

northdallasthirty: Exactly,..the 500,000 idled acres just popped up,
on the news,..and yes,there are more farms, not
reporting in, I imagine.:)

canopfor on February 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Every day this govt gets more and more powerful and backed by big corps etc, we are on the downslide, but I always have hope for a change!! I just look too realistically at what is happening ):

Scrumpy on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

…some day…the wall will crumble!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

What do farmers care as long as they’re getting their government graft?

southsideironworks on February 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

What farming is prevalent in NM?

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Haven’t you every heard of Hatch Chiles.

RickB on February 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

It truly is frustrating as a citizen and taxpayer to have the government just tossing money around, a billion here and a billion there, with no accountability whatsoever for what happens to the money.

TimothyJ on February 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

What farming is prevalent in NM?

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Some righteous weed, man..!

affenhauer on February 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Its just part of Agenda 21: the hubs and sub-hubs will identify land that needs ‘rewilding’ and start kicking farmers off of land to do so.

That reduces the food supply, increases the cost of food and expands the area where wild animals will roam. Expect a sudden increase in wolf populations when they do this.

ajacksonian on February 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Why not call them “Climate and Employment Hubs.” Then Obama can address two big problems at the same time.

Cicero43 on February 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Its just part of Agenda 21: the hubs and sub-hubs will identify land that needs ‘rewilding’ and start kicking farmers off of land to do so.

That reduces the food supply, increases the cost of food and expands the area where wild animals will roam. Expect a sudden increase in wolf populations when they do this.

ajacksonian on February 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Are there grave-hubs where recalcitrants will be interred?

Murphy9 on February 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

StubHubs? Now they want to take over the ticket scalping industry?

GreenBlade on February 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, hubs in Iowa, New Hampshire . . . Not too obvious, is it?

TarheelBen on February 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Actually the New Hampshire hub isn’t “purple”, it’s “blue”. Durham is the home of the University of New Hampshire.

In 2012, Durham went for O’bama by a margin of almost 3 to 1.

Del Dolemonte on February 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I am pretty sure that I learned the equation for photosynthesis in life sciences during junior high or high school:
6CO2 + 6H2O ——> C6H12O6 + 6O2

CO2 and Water plus sunlight yields glucose and oxygen.

Obama is taking executive action to tell farmers that CO2 is bad for business, when science tells us that it is necessary for farmers to grow their crops. Who is anti-science now?

weaselyone on February 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

“For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges,” Mr. Vilsack is to say, according to prepared remarks. “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.”

“This time, it will be different.”

Count to 10 on February 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Are there grave-hubs where recalcitrants will be interred?

Murphy9 on February 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Packs of wild dogs don’t need hubs.

And you won’t find enough of the body to bury anyone.

They want everyone in urban areas where they can be ‘protected’, you see.

At that point going savage and returning to being savage man might be a good option as you will be part of a species that has a small size and is endangered.

ajacksonian on February 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Think about it. What is a hub but something that spins in tiny circles. Like the Obama administration.

schmuck281 on February 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

These hubs will be staffed with people from the govt who have never spent a day farming and ranching, telling ranchers and farmers how and when to farm and ranch. This will work out about as well as economists telling insurance companies and doctors how to pay for and provide health care.

Kissmygrits on February 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM

“For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges,” Mr. Vilsack is to say, according to prepared remarks. “Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate liberal politicians, which impacts both our nation’s forests and our farmers’ bottom lines.”

FIFY. Big government is the problem, not the solution.

dominigan on February 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM