House GOP Wants to Eliminate Pentagon Climate Change Research

The ignorant know-nothings in the House Republican Caucus are mighty upset that the Pentagon spends money studying climate change and have proposed a new budget that eliminates funding for such research. Because it’s a big myth, don’tchaknow, for Sarah Palin tells them so.

House Republicans are seeking to cut funds from the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) budgets that are directed at researching the national security implications of climate change.

In a sweeping budget proposal rolled out on Tuesday, which presents the yin to the Obama administration’s yang when it comes to spending priorities, lawmakers identified national security-related climate change research as a key area to eliminate “wasteful” spending.

“The Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, two of the most important agencies in our national security apparatus, currently spend part of their budget studying climate change,” a House Budget Committee document states…

The Republican proposal, put forward by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia, comes soon after a study found that global warming likely amplified a drought in Syria that preceded the devastating civil war in that country. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that climate change was likely one of the many factors that contributed to the deadly conflict, which has displaced millions and killed at least 200,000.

The ways in which climate change, whether it’s man-made or not, will affect our national security and change the threats we face around the world are nearly limitless. The Pentagon is rightly worried that rising oceans will flood some of our coastal naval bases and render them useless unless steps are taken to prepare for that now. Shifting agricultural patterns will mean food shortages that will create massive numbers of refugees and likely trigger resource wars around the world.

But don’t tell that to the proudly ignorant Republican party, whose only public policy on the matter is to scream “it’s a hoax” and pray about it. But they aren’t praying to God to save them from global warming, they’re praying to the Almighty Koch Brothers to keep blessing them with huge amounts of campaign funding.

“Our fathers, who art in Wichita, hallowed be thy names. Thy kingdom come, your will be done, all over the country as it is in Kansas. Give us this day our daily third-party campaign spending and help us use that to money destroy our political enemies and make you even richer than you are now while ignoring reality and continuing to destroy the environment. Lead us please into temptation and deliver us from having to make any fucking sense whatsoever. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the $100 billion net worth to buy us all off, forever and ever. Amen.”

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  • John Pieret

    So, it’s “wasteful spending” to try to understand the possible forces that will pose risks to peace around the world and our ability to meet future challenges?

    I don’t know how much were spending on oxygen for Congressional Republicans … but it is obviously wasteful spending.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Wait, isn’t it treason and weakness to cut funding to War Defense? oops, that is only treasonous, liberal actions when the contractors do not get their cut. This money goes to lame egg-heads in their ivory towers ,so it if fine, if not damn right patriotic, to cut them pansies off!

  • steveht
  • Mr Ed

    Wile E. Coyote school of science, nothing has an effect until you notice it.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This makes sense, once you realize that “Defense” and “National Security” are anachronistic terms from when we had “enemies” who might actually, like, attack us. Now, we get to pick our own enemies and that is, after all, a polical decision best left to Congress. So there’s no need for the DoD and the CIA to do “threat assessments” any more — Congress will let them know who to threaten.

    This whole silly business is a waste of time and money that could better be spent on another tank division battleship squadron of strategic nuclear bombers carrier battle group.

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  • raven

    As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning : NPR

    www. npr. org › News › Science › Environment

    Jun 24, 2014 – Rising waters are threatening the giant naval base in Norfolk, Va., as well as the local businesses. The community is beginning to grapple with …

    The navy base in Norfolk, Virginia is the world’s largest. It’s already having trouble with sea levels rising and the military is already trying to fix it.

    I’d like to see the hearings where they call the navy admirals and ask them to explain why they are dealing with a rising sea level when it isn’t happening. And then cut their budget for dealing with sea level rise.

    Not to mention, with the arctic becoming ice free in the summer in a few decades, there is going to be a new ocean for everyone to play in.

  • mildlymagnificent

    This is the pentagon we’re talking about. I’d presume they’d have more than a passing interest in the state of the Navy and where their ports might be tomorrow and in 20 or 50 years time. And how much of their budget might be soaked up in maintaining or improving or abandoning some of those facilities.

    There’s also a question for any and all of the forces that might be involved in various programs or projects when TSHTF in the form of droughts and floods and any resulting food shortages. The common wisdom at the moment is that Syria’s descent into its current state of not-so-civil war is largely due to the prolonged drought and the government’s hamfisted way of dealing with all the people displaced from their farms in consequence.

    If we have the same drought conditions affecting more countries more severely, the US would be well advised to have the Pentagon up to date with some thinking on the topic, maybe even a few options for aid or other responses before things get too out of hand.

  • colnago80

    We also have Ted Cruz giving NASA a hard time about their spending on earth specific studies (i.e. climate change). I’m sure that the senator is now Sir Lancelot’s hero.

    http://goo.gl/6M11JR

  • D. C. Sessions

    If we have the same drought conditions affecting more countries more severely, the US would be well advised to have the Pentagon up to date with some thinking on the topic, maybe even a few options for aid or other responses before things get too out of hand.

    Again, it’s up to Congress to decide which countries we will invade if we need more fertile cropland.

    As for so-called “coastal flooding,” if it were happening (and it isn’t, of course) then it would mostly be a problem for “coastal elites,” not for Real Americans™ in the Heartland of America®.

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Support the troops! Except when their bases are flooding, of course. Or when they have to extend their patrols in the increasingly ice-free arctic sea.

  • ckevinw

    Oh, that’s funny. You should trademark “The Republican ‘Lord’s’ Prayer”.

  • Trebuchet

    If Republicans really believed that climate change is a hoax, they’d be demanding more research to prove themselves right. But they’re just lying on behalf of their backers, so of course they don’t.

  • Michael Heath

    Trebuchet writes:

    If Republicans really believed that climate change is a hoax, they’d be demanding more research to prove themselves right. But they’re just lying on behalf of their backers, so of course they don’t.

    I don’t see it that way. Instead I observe that Republicans are not at all comfortable with science in general anymore. There are many illustrations of this. Two of the most relevant is:

    a) Their commitment to cutting scientific research overall.

    b) When they’re personal beneficiaries of science-based health care, their most public expressions of gratefulness is to their imaginary god. That rather than thanking the scientists who developed a knowledge base that allowed doctors to successfully treat them. That’s especially ironic given that scientific advances have advanced in spite of religious thinking rather than because of it.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    An article about the Defense Dept. Climate Change Adaptation Road Map cited the actual DoD document, but the document is no longer at the location cited.

  • tfkreference

    The Pentagon is rightly worried that rising oceans will flood some of our coastal naval bases

    Can’t they just stay on their ships? Doesn’t a rising tide lift all boats?

    /snark

  • felidae

    Republicans are trying to emulate King Canute’s overwhelming successes in dealing with sea level rise

  • lorn

    Already covered by prior commentors but still worth reiterating.

    The military has already had to deal with, and spend billions on, issues related to sea level rise along the entire east coast but particularly in the Norfolk Virginia and Hampton Roads:

    http://prospect.org/article/atlantic-surging-virginia-sinking

    http://www.npr.org/2014/06/24/324891517/as-sea-levels-rise-norfolk-is-sinking-and-planning

    There is also considerable chance that sea level rise will trigger conflicts in the India, Bangladesh, Pakistan area. Other than the presence of nuclear weapons in poor nations, nothing unique there. Pretty much all nations with a coastline are facing a difficult set of problems. The wealthy western nations have the resources to mitigate the problems to some extent. Poorer nation, not so much. For them, desperation may trigger land grabs.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The wealthy western nations have the resources to mitigate the problems to some extent. Poorer nation, not so much. For them, desperation may trigger land grabs.

    And in particular, land grabs by wealthy nations who calculate that grabbing land is a cost-effective form of “mitiigation.”