US DOD is worried about climate change

Per a Politico article yesterday, the US Department of Defense is concerned about climate change, even if the President denies the risk. It should be noted this concern is not new. Per Politico:

“Flooding, drought and wildfires driven by climate change pose threats to two-thirds of the U.S. military’s installations, the Defense Department said in a new report required by Congress.

The authors of the report, which the Pentagon delivered to Congress on Thursday, note that it probably underestimates the full extent of risk to military facilities because it only looks at likely impacts over the next two decades. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said the world needs to become carbon neutral by 2050 to prevent global temperatures from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius, which would lock in many of the most catastrophic effects of climate change.”

This DOD report is following previous cautions that climate change is a risk to national security. This echoes the recent US government report and that of the UN. Yet, the US has a President who denies the human influence on climate change, has called it a hoax, announced the US pullout of the Paris Climate Change Accord and has eased regulations to enable the fossil fuel industry.

The larger irony is this President is inventing a crisis at the border and may declare a national emergency, while fiddling away about climate change. I think I will listen to the DOD than this man.

4 thoughts on “US DOD is worried about climate change

  1. I read several years ago that the Navy had taken steps to prepare for the effects of climate change. Insurance companies have raised their rates accordingly. And yet we are told it is a fiction. We are truly a stupid species.

    • Hugh, actions are being taken, but it would be much more leverage if people in positions of leadership got behind it or at least got out of the way. Keith

  2. Dear Keith.

    President Trump and his administration are ignoring the major crisis of climate change which is at our doorstep to have us react to his invention of a US national crisis regarding immigration at the US SW border that has no basis in reality as per Hugh Cutler, except in the president’s own reality show.

    However he has created a humanitarian crisis at the border because of his own actions done so that he can look tough on immigration for his base of voters. His avoidance of dealing with climate change is taking the US back to the dark ages.

    This should be one of the top issues debated in the upcoming 2020 election cycle.

    Hugs, Gronda

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