In Wake Of Scandal, VA Tweets About Global Warming

Urges followers to "protect the ocean"

The Department of Veteran's Affairs sent out a tweet Monday about protecting the ocean, only it didn't have anything to do with the Navy.

In the aftermath of the reporting that VA hospitals were keeping secret waiting lists that led to the death of over 40 veterans in the Phoenix area which led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, one might think that the VA's communications strategy would be disciplined and focused on touting improvements in the area of veteran's health.

Instead, the Department of Veteran's Affairs' official Twitter account sent out a tweet encouraging people to help defend the ocean, which it said was "under threat." Only not from terrorism:



The link in the tweet is from a page sponsored by the Department of State, which makes it clear that the threat to the ocean is from man-made climate change:

Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident. Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’