Monday, May 26, 2014

Climate change: Fingers in their ears

Over the past few years, the US military has published a number of reports on climate change and how it poses a threat to the national security of the United States. According to their 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, the instability, poverty and environmental tensions caused by climate change were a driver of terrorism. And just two weeks ago the Military Advisory Board compared the challenge posed by climate change to that faced by the US during the Cold War. As a result, the US military is adapting its forces to a post-climate change world, and attempting to predict the effects of climate change so as to deploy those forces effectively.

None of this sits well with the Republican climate-change deniers in Congress. And so they've just banned the US military from paying any attention to climate change. faced with a significant security threat which threatens American lives and interests, they've instead decided to stick their fingers in their ears.