I just posted a link to an article in The New York Times about how climate change has been deemed a threat by our military. Is it possible that our military might be right and that our civilian leaders, especially the right wing, who are tripping over themselves to deny climate change, could actually be wrong? Could our leaders put our country, and the world, at great peril by not listening to the military? Has anything like this ever happened before?
Strangely enough I just started a book called The Storm of War. It is written by esteemed historian Andrew Roberts. It has gotten great reviews not only because of the quality of Roberts writing, but also because of his excellent scholarly work doing research for this book. One of the conclusions that Roberts comes to is that Hitler might have had a chance of winning World War II if only he had listened to the military. Hitler was fighting a political war that was based as much on ideology as it was anything else. His military leaders urged him not to start a second front against Russia. However, Hitler was determined to have Lebensraum, or “living space”, for his Reich. He also dedicated many needed resources towards The Final Solution that could have been used towards military aims.
Now don’t go getting your panties in a bunch. I’m not comparing anyone to Hitler directly. What I am saying is that when we deny cold hard facts for ideological reasons, we run the risk of defeating ourselves.
Military Deem Climate Change a Growing Threat
For those of you that still don’t believe climate change is real, you should read the above New York Times article about the new report the U.S. Military just issued stating that climate change poses a severe threat to our security. The military has actually been talking about the risks of climate change for some time. Two key paragraphs:
The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East and Africa is leading to conflicts over food and water and escalating longstanding regional and ethnic tensions into violent clashes. The report also found that rising sea levels are putting people and food supplies in vulnerable coastal regions like eastern India, Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam at risk and could lead to a new wave of refugees.
In addition, the report predicted that an increase in catastrophic weather events around the world will create more demand for American troops, even as flooding and extreme weather events at home could damage naval ports and military bases.
Yahoo Becomes the Latest Tech Company to Drop ALEC
The above link is a bit of good news in the political world. Yahoo has joined Google, Facebook, and Microsoft in dumbing their ALEC membership. ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council. They are an organization that has long stood in the way of their being any meaningful progress on climate change legislation among other things. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said:
“The facts of climate change are not in question anymore, everyone understands that climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place, and we should not be aligned with such people. They are just literally lying.”
To learn more about ALEC go here:
Global warming’s inequality problem: Why the world’s poorest nations are likely to get shafted http://www.salon.com/2014/09/22/global_warmings_inequality_problem_why_the_worlds_poorest_nations_are_likely_to_get_shafted/ via @Salon
This article is important, interesting, and unfortunately true. My dad has been dealing with this side of the issue for years now so I am fairly well versed in it. This is also unfortunately a side of global warming the mainstream media almost never covers. Global warming is a justice issue as much as it is an environmental one.
Is this the beginning of the end of climate change denialism? http://www.salon.com/2014/09/20/if_climate_deniers_don%e2%80%99t_believe_science_listen_to_the_birds_partner/ via @Salon
I can only hope that this article has some truth to it. If you look at most issues slowly but surely the human race becomes more just. However what threatens to stop this slow climb to justice is the environmental issues that we face. We can slowly fight for human rights, gay equality, peqce, etc. However, eventually we will run out of time on environmental problems. We don’t have the benefit of taking the long slow road to environmental justice. If we don’t wake up soon, we will wake up in a world we wished we hadn’t.
I just took my dog outside to unbearable humidity and large insects flying in packs. I felt as if I just walked out into the Time of the Dinosaurs. This is summer in Texas, and today is not even that bad compared to some, as there were moments of a semi-cool breeze.
Look if you are not interested in climate change as a justice issue, if you don’t care about what it is doing to animal and plant life, about what it is doing to our oceans, or any other previously made argument, trust me, you don’t want to live in a world that is just plain hotter than it already is. It is so muggy and hot out you would feel like stabbing someone for walking too close to you. Trust me, you don’t want to live in the Time of the Dinosaurs.
The above article at Salon is about how the Koch brothers have played a role in preventing Ohio from moving forward with renewable energy for the next two years. They are a true threat to our democracy. How we can let these emotional mutants to play such a big role in running this country is beyond me. To paraphrase Klaus Kinski: I hope fire ants piss in their lying eyes!