Do these Republican morons think we don't notice the severe weather changes? That by stopping government validation of what we already understand will somehow protect them from a public mandate to do something about it? Republicans are the original party of "see no evil." Like toddlers, they think if they close their eyes, "You can't see me!" Can't wait to see how that philosophy works out! Steve Benen:
Denying climate science is both wrong and dangerous. But when conservative policymakers take steps to prevent others from considering the evidence the right prefers to ignore, it’s a far more serious problem. For example, officials at both the CIA and the Pentagon are concerned about the national security implications of the climate crisis. Congressional Republicans have a message for both agencies: stop.
The budgets of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense have landed themselves in the crosshairs of Republican budget slicers, but not for reasons you might expect: The GOP isn’t happy with the money the two national security agencies are spending on climate-change research. “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,” the Republican budget proposal reads, under its section on “Eliminating Waste.”
Rebecca Leber added, “According to House Republicans, study of the climate’s impact on national security fits under ‘examples of areas where there should be room to cut waste, eliminate redundancies, and end the abuse or misuse of taxpayer dollars.’ But this is hardly a misuse of funds, considering that the Pentagon warned as far back as the George W. Bush administration that climate change is a threat to national security. The GOP simply wants the Pentagon to ignore the problem.”
It’s not the first time. Last year, House Republicans – including seven GOP House members who are now U.S. senators – tried to force the Pentagon to stop working on the national security implications of the climate crisis.