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Bridenstine's Climate Record Is Different Than You Thought

By Keith Cowing
September 15, 2017
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Bridenstine's Climate Record Is Different Than You Thought

House lawmakers back amendment requiring Pentagon climate change report, The Hill
“The House Armed Services Committee’s annual defense policy bill will include a provision requiring a Defense Department report on the effects of climate change on military installations. The amendment – brought up by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) in the readiness portion of Wednesday’s markup – instructs each military service to come up with a list of the top 10 military installations likely to be affected by climate change over the next 20 years. The report would include a list of possible ways to combat such climate change threats as flooding, droughts and increased wildfires. … Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) backed up Bishop’s line of thinking. “It’s just a report and there are strategic implications that we need to be aware of,” he said.”
House Poised To Approve National Defense Authorization Bill, NPR
“MCEVERS: So the House armed services committee has already approved this bill. Does that mean that Republicans are going along with this amendment?
WELNA: Not only did they go along with it in a clear voice vote. They even talked it up. Here’s Jim Bridenstine, who’s a Navy veteran from Oklahoma.
JIM BRIDENSTINE: There are real changes in the Arctic that do affect the Navy. The Arctic ice is disappearing. There are strategic changes that are being implicated here. And it’s important for the Department of Defense to report to Congress on this. We’re talking about a report here.”

Keith’s note: Bridenstine’s support of this amendment – one that recognizes that climate change is something that needs to be paid attention to – was widely seen as being instrumental in its passage. So its probably not prudent to just dismissively categorize him as a climate denier. He may have said some things that certainly suggest this but he then went and voted in a way that clearly admits that there is something to climate change that warrants serious future study. I suspect we’ll hear more about this at his upcoming confirmation hearing.

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