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,

Brandon Q.


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2 responses to “National Security, meet the Environment”

  1. Garlin II says :

    I think that re-framing the Global Warming discussion is important B. It is a sad reality that so many people only care about something when referenced from a fear or security-based point of view. I think framing this debate in terms of “defending ourselves against ourselves” could prove effective. The same may also possibly be said for re-framing the Universal Health Care debate in terms of “preemptive defense against sickness.” It sounds silly to me, but it just might work.

  2. Brandon Q. says :

    I am reminded of God’s charge to Adam (man) to have dominion over earth. In any other case of when you have dominion, you take care of it. Why is this logic so difficult to apply to planet earth?

    This is why I get really excited when pastors and religious leaders take up the environmental cause. I agree with you G, fear is one of the most powerful forces on earth but that is because we don’t understand that hope is more sustaininable than fear.


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