On defense bill, a bipartisan vote to acknowledge climate change
“Bill declares climate change a national security threat,” July 15 news story.
Is productive bipartisanship possible in this day and age? It turns out that it is, and in a surprising context. An Associated Press article published by The Denver Post reports that a defense bill that passed the House with strong support acknowledges that climate change is a threat to national security. There is more to the story: Forty-six Republicans, including Colorado’s Mike Coffman, joined with Democrats to defeat an amendment that would have blocked further study of the impact of climate change on national security. Twenty-two of those Republicans are members of a growing bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
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