Hawaii's senator calls for Defense Department, military to fight climate change

Posted at 11:33 pm on March 17, 2015 by Brett T.

As Twitchy reported recently, a partisan debate was shaping up around funding for NASA, with Republicans favoring a budget focused on aeronautics and space exploration, and Democrats preferring to spend more on earth science; for example, investing in satellites that would monitor the planet for signs of climate change.

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Climate change is so serious, it seems, it’s time to bring in armed reinforcements. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii on Tuesday called for the Department of Defense to turn its attention to the reality of climate change.

Last October, then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also adopted the #ActOnClimate hashtag, explaining that “a changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions.”

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We’d argue that the military has its hands full at the moment with ISIS, but as Slate explained just this month, climate change itself helped to spark the existence of ISIS. Time to switch over to electric tanks?

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