Washington, D.C. – Following a report that the Department of Defense (DoD) revised a January 2018 vulnerability assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and nearly two dozen colleagues called on the administration to release the unpublished draft of the report and explain why the omissions were made.
“These are substantive, not stylistic, changes—and it is not the way we expect DoD to conduct business,” the senators wrote. “If DoD is not publishing data that it collects from our installations because they do not fit a particular political narrative, the department is failing to let the science inform its understanding of how changes in the environment may pose a risk to the ability to train our forces, the safety of our facilities and service members, and the long-term readiness of our military.”
A copy of the letter is available HERE.