According to the office, climate change would become “weather extremes.” Climate change adaptation should instead be “resilience to weather,” and efforts to “reduce greenhouse gases” should instead be deemed as ways to “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency.”
“We won’t change the modeling, just how we talk about it,” Bianca Moebius-Clune, the NRCS’s director of soil health, wrote in an email to staff on Feb. 16, according to the report. Moebius-Clune said the new language was given to her to pass on to staff.
It is not clear whether the NRCS’s use of “weather extremes” instead of climate change is part of a broader shift within the USDA.
Donald Trump last month nominated Sam Clovis to be the USDA’s chief scientist. Clovis is not a scientist, does not have a science degree and has said he is “extremely skeptical” of climate change, claiming “a lot of the science is junk science.”
It’s important to note that climate is NOT the same thing as weather. People who do not believe in climate change often remark about snowy days, which they see as proof that climate change is a hoax.
The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the difference very well: