WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has introduced legislation to cut off funding to a National Science Foundation program that funds climate change education.
Cravaack, a first-term Republican from the 8th District, introduced an amendment to a science funding bill that would cut $10 million from the NSF’s Climate Change Education program. The amendment was adopted by on a 238-188 vote in the House on Thursday.
The Climate Change Education program was originally introduced in President Obama’s 2012 budget. In a statement, Cravaack called it a “duplicative program costing us money we simply do not have.”
“As someone who supports education, amid a deficit of $1.3 trillion and debt of $15.7 trillion, a redundant global warming program can hardly be justified,” Cravaack said in a statement. “The recently created CCE duplicates the already inherent ability of the NSF to fund worthy proposals through its rigorous, peer-reviewed process.”
The amendment drew criticism from environmental activists. The education advocacy director for the National Wildlife Foundation told the Duluth News Tribune that the amendment is “an effort to keep our children in the dark about the science of climate change. It’s an attack on our children’s future.”
Cravaack told Minnesota Public Radio that he considers himself a skeptic of global warming. While running for election in 2010, he called climate change science “bunk.”
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