Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Climate Change = National Security Threat

I wonder if the latest report on climate change (see Global Warming Called Security Threat) will have any impact on the hard-line conservatives who claim it’s all a hoax. (One local reactionary blogger is fond of pointing to snow flurries on an April day to poke fun at those calling for action to slow climate change; we’ll assume she’s joking and that she knows she’s not making sense, but some of her other assaults on science make me unsure on this point.)

But now we have a bunch of retired generals who say that climate change is in fact a security threat to the United States. From the article cited above:
A report, scheduled to be published on Monday but distributed to some reporters yesterday, said issues usually associated with the environment — like rising ocean levels, droughts and violent weather caused by global warming — were also national security concerns.
“Unlike the problems that we are used to dealing with, these will come upon us extremely slowly, but come they will, and they will be grinding and inexorable,” Richard J. Truly, a retired United States Navy vice admiral and former NASA administrator, said in the report.
The effects of global warming, the study said, could lead to large-scale migrations, increased border tensions, the spread of disease and conflicts over food and water. All could lead to direct involvement by the United States military.
Maybe, at the least, this report will finally allow us all to have a serious conversation about what climate changes means for everyone, including conservatives.


The Green Miles said...

People who say one day of snow in April disprove climate change are like baseball fans who think one player is great because one time they went to a game and saw the player hit a home run. One abnormally cold day in one location doesn't disprove global warming any more than one good game proves Hall-of-Fameness (if that's a word).

Unknown said...

Exactly. I don't know if she get's baseball, though. The analogy I was thinking of was predicting the results of a national election on the basis of a single precinct. Or maybe determining the outcome from an opinon poll in which exactly one person is surveyed. But you can't argue logic with folks like that.

cafe de emporia said...

You don't I hardly EVER post on here. It builds up your traffic, can't have that ;) But I figured you needed to know this little tidbit of information....

The government has released temperature data for February and according to the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, the average temperature in the month of February fell almost 2 degrees. This is compared with the average over the 100-year period between 1901 and 2000. In effect, we've just experienced the 34th coldest February in the last 113 years.

This is a long-standing problem with the global warming hype. The facts and figures don't line up with the hysteria. Just as there may be data that shows the Earth is warming, there is plenty of information to the contrary. But anything that doesn't square with the environmental extremists is ignored and not reported. And that's why global warming has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with politics.

Unknown said...

JM says: "And that's why global warming has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with politics."

The weight of scientific evidence is against you, I'd say. But you are correct that politics is what it's now about. Because there is NO DISPUTE that there's a serious problem; the question now is what we're willing to do about it, and that's a political battle. However, it's only a matter of time before the doubters come around, including you. I just hope it's not too late for the planet.

The Green Miles said...

John, the US is a tiny fraction of the planet's surface area. February is less than 1/12th of the year. I'm not saying you just proved me right, but I'd love to hear your case for the Hall of Fame candidacy of the Baltimore Orioles' Freddie Bynum, who hit a home run yesterday.