The undersigned organizations write in strong support of Representative John Fleming's amendment #87 to H. R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act, that if enacted would prevent the Department of Defense from continuing to implement Executive Orders 13653 and 13693. These two executive orders require the Department of Defense to create a number of climate change programs and policies throughout the Department.
These climate programs and policies have nothing to do with the mission of the United States' Armed Services. In fact, many of these programs and policies are likely to undermine military readiness by diverting scarce resources to such things as helping state and local governments to "go green," meeting targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, meeting a variety of green energy quotas, meeting fleet requirements for low and zero emissions vehicles, and incorporating climate resilience and preparedness as principal aims of land and water management.
Most importantly, Rep. Fleming's amendment would prevent the Department of Defense from implementing section 5 of Executive Order 13653, which requires the Department of Defense to develop "comprehensive plans that integrate consideration of climate change into agency operations and overall mission objectives." In our view, this is an entirely unsuitable addition to the critical mission of our men and women in uniform.
For these reasons, we urge you to vote Yes on Rep. Fleming's amendment #87 to H. R. 4909. Thank you for considering our views.
Director, Center for Energy & Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen B. West
National Center for Policy Analysis
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Vice President for Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
Center for Military Readiness
Campaign for Liberty
Thomas J. Pyle
American Energy Alliance
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Sovereignty
Richard Falknor and Susan Falknor
Blue Ridge Forum
Council for America
Energy and Environment Legal Institute
Frontiers of Freedom
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Science and Environmental Policy Project
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Tea Party Nation
The Conservative Leadership PAC
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
The Weyrich Lunch
Andrew C. McCarthy
Former Chief Assistant U. S. Attorney
Southern District of New York