On de­fense bill, a bi­par­ti­san vote to ac­knowl­edge climate change

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Yonatan Malin,

“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.

Read­ers who are in­ter­ested in this devel­op­ment may also be in­ter­ested in the car­bon div­i­dends pro­posal from the Climate Lead­er­ship Coun­cil and a sim­i­lar pro­posal from the Cit­i­zens Climate Lobby. It is a con­fus­ing time in our na­tional life, but there are rea­sons to be hope­ful and en­gaged. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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