More Pentagon Hypocrisy on Climate Change

In my first post on the nomination of Ashton Carter I wrote about a back and forth between Senator Dan Sullivan on oil drilling and national security.

I forgot to add what Marcy Wheeler wrote about the hypocrisy regarding the Pentagon’s Global Warming Road map report and the current bombing campaign against ISIS which is contributing to Global Warming.

Medea Benjamin of CodePink said on Democracy Now! in September that anti-war is also environmentally friendly

Now is the time to say, if you’re an environmentalist, you better understand that war is the greatest environmental disaster and the U.S. military is the greatest polluter on the planet. If you care about having money for youth groups or for infrastructure or for green energy, you better understand that sucking money into the military—we’re now paying $7.5 million for just the bombing in Iraq

And I just saw this in Rolling Stone

The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk 

The leaders of our armed forces know what’s coming next – but deniers in Congress are ignoring the warnings

At NASA Wallops Flight Facility, NASA armored the shoreline with 3 million cubic yards of sand to protect its launchpads from sea surges. “Military readiness is already being impacted by sea-level rise,” says Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who mentions that with all the flooding, it’s becoming difficult to sell a house in some parts of Norfolk. If the melting of Greenland and West Antarctica continues to accelerate at current rates, scientists say Norfolk could see more than seven feet of sea-level rise by 2100. In 25 years, operations at most of these bases are likely to be severely compromised. Within 50 years, most of them could be goners. If the region gets slammed by a big hurricane, the reckoning could come even sooner. “You could move some of the ships to other bases or build new, smaller bases in more protected places,” says retired Navy Capt. Joe Bouchard, a former commander of Naval Station Norfolk. “But the costs would be enormous. We’re talking hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Rear Adm. Jonathan White, the Navy’s chief oceanographer and head of its climate-change task force, is one of the most knowledgeable people in the military about what’s actually happening on our rapidly heating planet. Whenever another officer or a congressperson corners White and presses him about why he spends so much time thinking about climate change, he doesn’t even try to explain thermal expansion of the oceans or ice dynamics in the Arctic. “I just take them down to Norfolk,” White says. “When you see what’s going on down there, it gives you a sense of what climate change means to the Navy — and to America. And you can see why we’re concerned.”

The article goes on to explain how it’s Congressional Republicans who are skeptical whenever global warming is brought up.

The real problem is that Democrats aren’t doing enough to fight global warming either.

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