Gardner’s Science Denial Puts America At Risk
In March, the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Defense Review spelling out the dire consequences climate change could have on the United States’ military and its interests around the world. It suggested the economic impact of climate change would “aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions – conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.”
The Pentagon’s warning highlights the dangers of Congressman Gardner’s efforts to deny climate science and prevent the military from ensuring America is prepared to address new security threats.
“The Pentagon says climate change is a threat to America’s military infrastructure and global stability. Yet Congressman Gardner voted to ban the Department of Defense from taking crucial steps to protect our nation in a changing world,” said Udall for Colorado spokesperson Chris Harris.
“Droughts, wildfires, floods, heat waves and storms are driving up the price of groceries, hurting our economy and costing our state billions each year. Gardner’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the facts of climate change is out-of-touch with mainstream Coloradans and will put our state at risk,” Harris added.
Gardner’s Science Denial Hurts America’s Security
Gardner Supported Barring Funds In Fiscal Defense Appropriation From Conducting Climate Change Assessments. In May 2014, Gardner voted for a, “McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to conduct climate change assessments and reports.” The amendment was adopted 231-192. [CQ, Vote 231, 5/22/14]
Pentagon: “Climate Change Poses Another Significant Challenge For The United States And The World At Large.” In March 2014, the Department of Defense released its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) which stated “Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, including growing, urbanizing, more affluent populations, and substantial economic growth in India, China, Brazil, and other nations, will devastate homes, land, and infrastructure. Climate change may exacerbate water scarcity and lead to sharp increases in food costs. The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world.” [Department of Defense, p.8, 3/4/2014]
Cory Gardner: Science Denier
January 2014: Gardner Voted To Deny Climate Change. In January 2014, Gardner voted against an amendment proposed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) to H.R. 3826 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The amendment stated that “Congress accepts the scientific finding of the Environmental Protection Agency (contained in the proposed rule referred to in section 4(2)) that ‘‘[g]reenhouse gas (GHG) pollution threatens the American public’s health and welfare by contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment.” [CQ Votes, House Energy and Commerce Committee, 1/28/2014; ThinkProgress, 1/28/2014]
In Energy And Commerce Markup, Gardner Voted Against Amendment That Asserted Greenhouse Gases Generated By Human Activity Were The Root Cause Of Global Warming. In March 2011, the Colorado Independent reported that “The House Energy and Commerce Committee was the site of a climate change Colorado showdown Tuesday. Considering a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the committees majority Republicans voted in lockstep against broad consensus among the world’s scientists that climate change exists. Colorado Democratic member of the committee Rep. Diana DeGette introduced an amendment that asserted that green-house gases generated by human activity were the root cause of global warming. Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner joined with the other thirty Republicans in voting down DeGettes amendment and two other similar amendments put forward by Democrats.” [Colorado Independent, 3/16/11]
Gardner: Human Activity’s Role In Climate Change Is Overstated. In September 2010, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported that “Betsy Markey and Cory Gardner’s divergent positions on energy policy can be traced to their answers to a single question: are human-caused factors altering Earth’s climate? ‘I think the climate is changing, but I don’t believe humans are causing that change to the extent that’s been in the news,’ said Gardner, a state representative from Yuma and the Republican nominee to challenge Markey.” [Fort Collins Coloradoan, 9/19/10]