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Science vs. wishful thinking

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Randy Hultgren, voted to deny climate change and prevent our U.S. Defense Department from using funds to address national security impacts of climate change by passing an amendment to the Defense Department budget.

The National Climate Assessment, made up of 300 leading climate scientists and experts, say that time is running out to confront the dangerous impacts of climate change.

Last month, 16 military experts say that climate change already is threatening national security and the economy. Rising sea levels are impacting naval bases. Droughts lead to conflicts about food and water (think Syria).

The Department of Defense also is cutting its reliance on carbon-heavy fuels. Our military is the largest single user of oil in the U.S., so transitioning to renewable, efficient energy improves costs and flexibility. Will Congress try to stop this as well? Please Google this for more information.

Deb Martin


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