LINCOLN — The controversy over a Nebraska climate change study may come with some cost savings.
The state senator who won approval from the Legislature to study the effects of climate change said he plans to ask that the $44,000 approved for the research be returned.
He said spending the money is no longer necessary because a separate climate study has been launched by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
State Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm, in a letter Tuesday to Gov. Dave Heineman, asked that he order a halt to the state’s bid-letting process, which has a Dec. 18 deadline for bids.
Such a halt would allow the Legislature, which reconvenes in January, an opportunity to delete the spending, Haar said.
“We believe a majority of the Legislature will agree that following through with the ... study will be an unnecessary cost to the state given the university’s study,” the senator wrote.
Controversy erupted in October after UNL scientists declined to participate in the Legislature’s climate change study. They said it was inadequate in scope because it didn’t include the impact of humans on changes in the global climate.
Later, UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources said it would conduct its own study that would include the impact of humans.
Haar, in his letter, said it didn’t make sense to spend money on a legislative study that would be incomplete.