Sooo… riddle me this…
Skepticism about climate change-related research led the Legislature’s budget committee last week to water down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to restore a Department of Natural Resources science bureau, according to a top Republican senator.
The Republican majority on the Legislature’s budget committee agreed to restore two of the 18 researchers cut in 2015 by then-Gov. Scott Walker and his GOP allies in the state Assembly and Senate.
Evers administration officials said the two positions won’t be enough to research new ways to reduce damage done to lakes, streams and drinking water by climate change, invasive species and contaminated sewage.
Climate change is being studied by thousands and thousands of people all over the world. Why does Wisconsin need even more people to study it? Is one more DNR scientist going to figure out a better way to prevent lakeshore erosion (or whatever) that nobody else in the world could figure out? Let’s save the money and piggyback on other people’s work.