Administration Climate Change Report Calls for Action

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 12, 2014

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Administration Climate Change Report Calls for Action

The Obama administration released an updated climate change report, the “National Climate Assessment,” that detailed the consequences of climate change if action is not taken. The report looked at the impact climate change was having in a number of areas including agriculture, health, infrastructure, water supply and the increase in severe weather events such as floods and droughts.

The report had a number of findings, including an assessment of the impact on agriculture.  The finding on agriculture said, “Climate disruptions to agriculture have been increasing and are projected to become more severe over this century.” 

The report said, “While some U.S. regions and some types of agricultural production will be relatively resilient to climate change over the next 25 years or so, others will increasingly suffer from stresses due to extreme heat, disease, and heavy downpours. 

From mid-century on, climate change is projected to have more negative impacts on crops and livestock across the country – a trend that could diminish the security of our food supply.”  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, “The National Climate Assessment confirms that climate change is affecting every region of the country and critical sectors of the economy like agriculture.

This assessment provides an unprecedented look at how the changing climate and extreme weather impact rural America."  USDA is creating seven regional research hubs which will provide information to producers on ways to mitigate risk due to climate change. 

This is the third climate assessment report.  The previous reports were published in 2000 and 2009. 


About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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