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Letter: Sonny Perdue’s attempt to hide evidence of climate change baffling
06062018 CLIMATE CHANGE EARTH
At the age of 85 I find myself wounded, angry and confused.

Perhaps this statement is best explained by a recent correspondence I sent to Sonny Perdue, a Georgia politician and one-time statesman, who is now the Secretary of Agriculture.

The following is an excerpt from that email:

“Having spent a large part of my veterinary career in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS), I find myself standing in utter disbelief that a fellow veterinarian, educated in a Georgia Land Grant University known worldwide for its stellar agricultural research and supported primarily by the USDA/ARS would fail to stand up for career USDA scientists in discovering the truth and preserving the right and duty to report those findings in referred scientific journals. How banal can he be that supports such efforts to destroy truth and integrity in government.”

Perhaps this should be an open letter to Sonny Perdue, but he and all Georgians should be reminded that USDA/ARS has been the gold standard of ag research long before he was born and will be here long after he is dead and gone if it survives this intra-governmental attack.

Secretary Perdue’s recent decision to follow President Trump’s advice to fire or precipitously relocate all ARS scientist to Kansas City without office space or laboratories that would make it possible to continue their research and publish current findings on-going agricultural research related to the impact of climate change and its future impact on agricultural practices and production in Georgia, the United States and around the world will essentially cripple and maim the USDA/ARS for years to come.

Using his position to try to keep the truth of climate change from the American public for political purposes should indeed be considered an impeachable offense, in my opinion.

Paul C. Smith

Hoschton

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