The Dernogalizer

February 1, 2010

Pentagon to Rank Global Warming as Destabilizing Force

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 1:33 am
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Congress will be getting this update today, as the Pentagon is now factoring global warming into it’s military planning moving forward.  The article from the Guardian is here, below are some excerpts

“The Pentagon will for the first time rank global warming as a destabilising force, adding fuel to conflict and putting US troops at risk around the world, in a major strategy review to be presented to Congress tomorrow. The quadrennial defence review, prepared by the Pentagon to update Congress on its security vision, will direct military planners to keep track of the latest climate science, and to factor global warming into their long term strategic planning.”

“More than 30 US bases are threatened by rising sea levels. It ordered the Pentagon to review the risks posed to installations, and to combat troops by a potential increase in severe heatwaves and fires.”

“But the navy was already alive to the potential threat, with melting sea ice in the Arctic opening up a new security province. The changing chemistry of the oceans, because of global warming, is also playing havoc with submarine sonar, a report last year from the CNAS warned.”

“US soldiers and marines, meanwhile, were getting a hard lesson in the dangers of energy insecurity on the battlefield, where attacks on supply convoys in Afghanistan and Iraq inflicted heavy casualties.

“Our dependence on fuel adds significant cost and puts US soldiers and contractors at risk,” said Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defence for the environment. “Energy can be a matter of life and death and we have seen dramatically in Iraq and Afghanistan the cost of heavy reliance on fossil fuels.”

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