To the editor:
A rather depressing article appeared in the May 28 issue of the Journal-World with the title “Jenkins rejects spending Pentagon money to study climate change.” As the article reported, funds for the most recent National Climate Assessment (initiated in 1989 during the administration of George Bush Sr.) was rejected by the House Republicans, including Rep. Lynn Jenkins.
So, evidently, not only is scientific evidence for climate being ignored by almost the entire Republican party, they also think that no one in the government should be allowed to plan for its probable consequences, including its national security and defense implications. Planning for these consequences is indeed the responsibility of the Department of Defense. This vote by the House Republicans displayed a sad level of ignorance and irresponsibility.