Forest Service or People Service?

I find it interesting that this press release from the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Durham, New Hampshire, draws common-sense conclusions about the relationship between tree growth and atmospheric CO2 concentration.

“Our analysis suggests that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide is having a direct and unexpectedly strong influence on ecosystem processes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions in temperate and boreal forests,” 

 Who’d a thunk it?

And yet, the author(s) of the press release, not content with such a simple and accurate conclusion, continue on into the land of speculation and hyperbole by adding:

“reduced evapotranspiration resulting from higher water-use efficiency could lead to higher air temperatures, decreased humidity, and decreased recycling of continental precipitation. This could cause increased continental freshwater runoff, along with drought in parts of the world that rely on water transpired in other regions.” (Emphasis added)

thus, joining the cadres of global warming and anthropogenic climate change proponents who turn their backs on science for political and economic gain.

After all,

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

and:

The mission of the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station is to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery.”

Just as I suspected: The Forest Service is all about people and very little about forests. It is, after all, under the Department of Agriculture.

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