USDA Map Reflects A Warmer Nation—Unless You Think The Weather Itself Is Part Of The Plot
The United States Department of Agriculture has updated the map it issues to help gardeners across the nation determine what they can plant.
Because the nation is getting warmer, people are now able to plant various flowers and trees in parts of the country that before would have not been hospitable to such a wide range of plantings.
Above you see the map. Here is the link to the USDA site that has facts on how to use the map, and also has specific information for each of the states.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a story about how this warming is being acknowledged in the ways everyday people are planting their gardens.
From this story—-
“Vaughn Speer, an 87-year-old master gardener in Ames, Iowa, said he has seen redbud trees, one of the earliest blooming trees, a little farther north in recent years. “They always said redbuds don’t go beyond U.S. Highway 30,” he said, “but I’m seeing them near Roland,” 10 miles to the north….“It is great that the federal government is catching up with what the plants themselves have known for years now: The globe is warming and it is greatly influencing plants (and animals),” Stanford University biology professor Terry Root wrote in an email.”
Do folks who think global warming is a scam believe that these map changes are a government plot? Is it better to deny even the prospect of warming than to at least admit the possibility, and to prepare for what might be on the way?
Folks on the right can go on creating an alternate reality about just about everything. I’m certain that press bashing will by itself change the facts in just the same way the idea that the rain will follow the plow made arid places wet.
(Below–The Eastern Redbud Tree. You might be seeing more of them in Iowa before long.)