Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Congress to Defense Department: If Climate Change Causes Wars, Ignore It Because We Have To Deny Climate Change

In one of the most boneheaded moves I've seen, the U.S. House of Representatives have told the Pentagon to not spend any money on figuring out how climate change might cause instability, wars and that type of ugly thing.
The U.S. House wants the Pentagon to ignore
the question of whether climate change will
cause military conflicts we should worry about. 

According to the Huffington Post, the House has mandated this no climate change reviews despite the fact Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and leading military leaders say they need to know if climate change will cause the kind of problems that lead to wars.

We need to be ready to deal with this kind of instability, says Hagel

The bill reads: "None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation's Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866."

All that gobbledegook essentially means the Pentagon can't use any major research on how climate change could cause political instability.

The logic is rich. Said Republcan West. Virginia Rep. David McKinley  "Why should Congress divert funds from the mission of our military and national security to support a political ideology?"

Right. Does McKinley not recognize he is diverting funds from the mission of our military and national security to support a political ideology?   He has a lot of chutzpah, that's for sure.

So let's keep the U.S military unready for conflicts that might or might not be exacerbated by climate change, because, God forbid we admit that climate change is happening.

Maybe we should also prevent the military from dealing with Islamic terrorists, too, since we don't subscribe to their ideology.


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