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House of Representatives Tells Pentagon to Ignore Climate Change Science

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The House giveth, the House taketh away. Last Friday, I wrote about how the House Armed Services Committee, in its funding bill for the Department of Defense, encouraged DoD to give its scientists adequate funding to travel to scientific meetings. It was a great example of the House of Representatives supporting science and scientists. And then came West Virginia Representative David McKinley.

In his keynote address at the Halifax International Security Forum, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the nation's 8-point Arctic strategy to maintain peace and security in a warming world. If the House of Representatives has its way, departmental scientists will be prohibited from researching climate change.

In his keynote address at the Halifax International Security Forum, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined the nation’s 8-point Arctic strategy to maintain peace and security in a warming world. If the House of Representatives has its way, departmental scientists will be prohibited from researching climate change. Photo: Department of Defense

Congressional Quarterly reports (subscription required) that the House on Thursday approved an amendment to the spending bill sponsored by McKinley that “would prohibit defense spending on climate change research and the social cost of carbon analysis.” Speaking on the House floor, McKinley called global warming science “ideology.”

The Defense Department and military analysts have been quite vocal for several years about the threat that climate change poses to national security and world stability, as well as the ability of the department to carry out its mission. Just last month, Defense Secretary Hagel hosted a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from nations in Southeast Asia at which non-traditional security challenges, including climate change, were discussed.

Two days ago, Defense Department officials testified before the Senate on how the military is incorporating energy into strategic planning.

That the department would not be able to use the best available science in its planning is worse than a joke. It’s a threat to our future stability and world leadership. The Senate should ensure that this amendment does not survive in the final legislation.

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About the author: Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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  • bayouwillie

    These same characters allow Koch money to dismantle Civil Rights progress in our schools through their Am. for Prosperity infiltration of state legislatures to push for creationist curriculum as science, buying 150 university’s professor selection and text book preferences, climate change evidence as fantasy, and most seriously endorsing the theory of who did 9-11 without investigating as thoroughly as the Benghazi tragedy has been effected. They also are moving at light speed to allow money to buy this Government. Fascist progression as we witnessed not so long ago is now taking center stage. Awake America! Awake!

  • surfersam

    The Fox, Tea and Republican faithful are like brainwashed little kids, looking to God, not science for answers to our existence. Unfortunately, it is our children that will suffer for what we have done to our planet, some of us in the name of God.

  • Jack Wolf

    Thanks for allowing us to not only go down, but go down in a ball of fire, McKinley.

  • ReduceGHGs

    Boneheads! Future generations’ health and safety takes a back seat
    to their vested fossil fuel sponsors and their anti-government agenda. Is
    YOUR Congressman/woman one of the obstructionists? Join the efforts to get RID of them.

    ExhaustingHabitability(dot)org

  • Mike Hugh-jass

    We use a term, “rational ignorance” to describe common, every day decisions, and the tradeoffs we make between time, and perfect knowledge. if you need to buy a new car, you dont spend 1000’s of hours learning every detail, you go with what knowledge you think is good enough. The problem comes when we allow this completely acceptable behavior to guide public policy. At that point, there is no longer anything “rational” about it. The Enlightenment was centuries ago, yet we still allow ignorant dogma to be held up as being on par with science.

  • TZX1

    Funny how these folks don’t believe in science which is real and which you can prove and see, but these same people wants others to accept and believe in Fairy tale Creationist mythology ,to believe in some sky God,which no one can see or hear ,have no solid facts in reality can not prove.
    Total brainwashing by the male chauvinist creationism, which has been the most successful brainwashing tool in the history of mankind, and has cause, and is still causing extreme hatred, bloodshed ,violence and intolerance all over the globe, and is one of the main thing that is going to destroy us all, more likely from clashes between the religions itself, because they all sure that their God is on their side

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