Vilsak is a strong proponent of alternative corn biofuels, which are less energy efficient and release more carbon than more fossil fuels when you take into account the refinement process.
Vilsak worked with Monsanto and the GMO industry to have biofuels omitted from the FTCs Guide For The Use Of Environmental Marketing Claims. This resulted in the biofuel industry being able to secure the support of environmentally minded citizens by duping them into believing biofuels slowed global warming while the truth is they accelerate global warming.
The practice of substituting biofuel GMO corn for food crops will continue to force up food prices, leading to more food shortages which will starve the poor to death in many countries.
As governor of Iowa, Vilsake founded and headed the state governors group on biotechnology. The nation's biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year.
Vilsak has been publicly criticized for his chummy relationship with Monsanto, which is evidenced by his consistent use of Monsanto private jets for his personal and political travels.
Vilsak is also a supporter of the newly FDA approved GMO pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn which, due to its long distance pollination, could easily infect other plants.
Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many people in Iowa fought because it took away local government's possibility of EVER having a regulation on seeds, such as where GMO would be grown, having GMO-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc.
When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning dairy cows.
The public announcement is suppose to be tomorrow. I don't think it will stop the appointment, but I hope you will consider signing this petition.
If enough people express concern, it may rein Vilsak in a little. Remember, Obama and Vilsak are both politicians, which means they will probably look out after themselves before they look out for any of us. Our only hope of thwarting Vilsak's "values," which are now evidence of Obama's values, is to make them fear us more than the biotech firms.