Friday, February 19, 2010

Climate Change and Security

The Quadrennial Defense Review Report was released a few weeks ago by the US Department of Defense. In the document there are four pages devoted to climate change. The Report states that proactive efforts are necessary to respond effectively to challenges arising from the interrelation between climate change, energy security, and economic stability. The report notes that the effects of climate change are already occurring all over the world and will have significant geopolitical impacts. These include, of course,
...poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments. Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration.
The Report urges proactive engagement with particularly vulnerable countries, adjustments in military infrastructure and capabilities in the name of "operational readiness," accelerated energy and conservation technology innovation and development, collaboration with other government agencies and foreign governments, greater energy efficiency and energy infrastructure defense, increased innovation and use of renewable energy sources, and so on.

Why do Congress people like Sen. Inhofe want to make America less secure?

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