PENTAGON SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE IS IMMEDIATE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT---SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel said today that the Pentagon sees climate change as an "Immediate national security threat."
Here is a link to a copy of the report.
From the New York Times---
"The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises....The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to rethinking the movement of supplies. The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere,” Mr. Hagel said. “Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.”
This made me wonder if we will now declare war on ourselves as we refuse as a nation to seriously address climate change? Are Members of Congress who fight efforts to combat climate change now be regarded as internal enemies? Will the army seize coal plants? What sacrifices will everyday citizens me asked to make to fight this security threat?
I'm all for taking climate change in a serious manner. NASA said today that the Earth just went through the warmest six recorded months since records exist going back to 1880.
So if climate change is an immediate security threat, where is the leadership to address the threat?
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