Hagel is also facing resistance from a certain element of the Left because he fought against Kyoto Treaty along with Robert Byrd.
Byrd-Hagel Resolution was the final nail in Kyoto
There is certainly bad blood on both sides of the aisle regarding Hagel. Hagel also has a record of being a "doubter of Climate Science"
Here's How the Daily Kos puts it... To them Climate change is the ONLY Global threat the DOD should be concerned with. Okey Dokey
Is all of this disqualifying? Just consider how future generations will judge the leaders of our time, when we had the opportunity to slow the
rise in temperatures and all the related Katrina/Sandy-sized disasters that will ensue -- and those leaders chose to obstruct and play politics, in
accord with the interests of their Big Oil and Big Coal donors, rather than do ANYTHING of consequence about the issue.
The U.S Defense Department has a larger environmental footprint than any organization on the planet. It also must, to be truly strategic and
forward-looking, incorporate climate change into all of its planning. What DOD does on the issue will be of enormous consequence -- and under this
administration, the Army and Navy have both taken strong steps to start to reduce their footprints.
Will Defense Secretary Hagel rein in these efforts as getting ahead of the "free market"? Will he kill efforts to incorporate climate change in DOD
strategic planning because the science is "uncertain"? Will he be a voice in White House debates to continue the tradition to which he has so
substantially contributed, of the US doing nothing but delay, delay, delay getting serious about this global threat?
All of these questions need to be asked, both by those considering Hagel's nomination, and those who may be asked to approve it. Because we cannot
afford any more delay in tackling climate change, and anyone who counsels such must be simply and completely pushed out of the way.
There you have it. Climate Change!!. Just like Obama uttered in his inaugural address and his SOTU address. So, again why Hagel? Funny how NO ONE
can answer that question. It is all about some evil GOP witch hunt.
You think its time to agree that our nation deserves a better candidate for this critical role.