The House, under the control of science-denying Republicans, has ordered the US military to ignore climate change.
The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill last week that would bar the Department of Defense from using any money to assess climate change and its implications for national security.
And done for nothing but pure spite.
The amendment, from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), passed in what was nearly a party-line vote. Four Democrats voted for the amendment, and three Republicans voted against it. The bill aims to block the DOD from taking any significant action related to climate change or its potential consequences. It reads:
None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866.
“This amendment will prohibit the costs of the President’s climate change policies being forced on the Department of Defense by the Obama Administration,” wrote McKinley in a memo to House colleagues on Thursday that was obtained by The Huffington Post.