Source: House Votes To Deny Climate Science And Ties Pentagon's Hands On Climate Change, by by Ryan Koronwski, thinkprogress.org, May 22, 2014.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014, the House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) seeking to prevent the Department of Defense from using funds to address the national security impacts of climate change.
Critics looked at it as the House trying to write climate denial into the Defense Department's budget. As Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) wrote in a letter to his colleagues before the vote, "That's science denial at its worst and it fails our moral obligation to our children and grandchildren."
Ironically, Earlier this May, the National Climate Assessment was released. In this report, 300 leading climate scientists and experts told Americans in very blunt terms that time is running out to confront the dangerous impacts of climate change.
Recently, 16 military experts agreed, warning Americans in a report that climate change is already threatening national security and the economy. The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board authored the report, titled "National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change."
The Department of Defense is cutting its reliance on carbon-heavy fuels, partially to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (Ret.), and president of CNA Corporation's Institute for Public Research, said
"The American military, the single largest user of oil in the U.S., has recently begun transitioning to renewable and more efficient energy to improve its operational effectiveness and flexibility, with the added benefit of beginning to reduce its fossil fuel dependence and mitigate climate change.
"Civilian and uniformed leaders of our military know it is increasingly risky to depend on a single fuel source; these leaders are diversifying the military's sources of power to make our bases more resilient and our forces more effective."
The Defense Department is starting to take action. It recently began work on its largest solar project to date, and has been making progress on its "Net Zero" energy initiative. The goal? For bases to produce as much energy as they consume, and for forward combat operations to not have to rely on oil-heavy supply lines.
Conservative members of the House of Representatives may deny the existence of climate change. Howerver, the Pentagon is very worried about it and they have been responding to protect America's national security.
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