National Security, meet the Environment
In my experiences, the only two things that get people really riled up over global warming are jobs and national security. To the latter point, Senators Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced legislation that “calls for the director of national intelligence to conduct the first ever ‘national intelligence estimate’ on global warming.”
This is major news and it is a sign that the US government finally understands the importance of addressing global warming. Furthermore, the bill is likely to pass with bipartisan support.
The effort would include pinpointing the regions at highest risk of humanitarian suffering and assessing the likelihood of wars erupting over diminishing water and other resources.
The measure also would order the Pentagon to undertake a series of war games to determine how global climate change could affect US security, including “direct physical threats to the United States posed by exreme weather events such as hurricanes.”
The growing attention to global warming as a national security issue could open new avenues of support for tougher efforts to limit greenhouse gases, according to specialists.
What bothers me is that all the resources used to fight the “so-called” war on terror could be used to finding more efficient ways to increase water access, wean ourselves off of oil and find more renewable sources of energy. Can you seriously imagine going to war with a country over water? We have no choice but to be better stewards over what God has given us.
Stay up fam,