Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 13, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 06/13/2014

Base it on science

So what’s going on in Washington? On May 22 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the McKinley Amendment to the military budget, which would forbid the Department of Defense to spend any money to implement the recommendations of the National Climate Assessment, IPCC report and two other climate reports when considering the national security impacts of climate change.

In other words, the majority of the members of the lower House of Congress want to forbid the Pentagon from considering the findings and recommendations of scientists when making plans to keep our nation safe. Our representative in Washington, Dr. Dan Benishek, voted with the Republican majority to ban the use of these reports in making plans about our security.

We can have cleaner air, cleaner water, cheaper energy, better health, a booming economy, full employment, and a safer world by embracing a 21st century energy revolution, developing a smart grid that can distribute safe, clean, renewable energy. If we want to provide a livable future for our children and grandchildren we must vote for responsible politicians who are willing to take action based on science.

William Gittlen


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