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    Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    House forces Pentagon to ignore science on climate change - UPI.com

    "...WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines Thursday to approve an amendment to the $600 billion National Defense Authorization Act which prohibits the Pentagon from using any of its budget to address climate change and specifically instructs the Department of Defense to ignore the latest scientific reports on the threats posed by global warming.

    The amendment, sponsored by Rep. David McKinley, a Republican whose home state of West Virginia's economy is heavily leveraged in coal mining...."
    A few days prior to Rep. McKinley's house bill several military leaders testified before congress that climate change was a national security risk....

    Military Leaders Respond: Congressional Testimonies on Climate Change, Energy and National Security « The Center for Climate & Security

    "....In a joint statement, CCS Co-Directors Francesco “Frank” Femia and Caitlin Werrell concluded: “Today’s testimonies add to the chorus of voices within the military and national security establishment about the importance of addressing climate change. This has long ago ceased to be an environmental issue, and it never should have been a political issue. It’s simply a matter of national security.”

    CCS applauds the Department of Defense for taking a leadership role on addressing climate change threats to national and international security, and encourages policy-makers to follow their lead...."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/sc...tary.html?_r=0


    "...A 2010 Defense Department review identified climate change and energy security as "prominent military vulnerabilities," noting that climate change in particular is an "accelerant of instability and conflict." It was the first time the Pentagon addressed climate in a comprehensive planning document.

    A subsequent assessment by the National Research Council found that even moderate climate shifts will impact Navy operations. Sea-level rise and more severe storm surges will hit coastal military bases, and marine forces could also face more work in responding to an increase in humanitarian crises following disasters....."
    U.S. Military Forges Ahead with Plans to Combat Climate Change - Scientific American


    Yes, W. Virginia, the climate change debate is over.

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Yes, the military, and the country in general should be preparing for the effects of climate change. Even if you believe that it's occurring naturally, rather than caused by us, the effects will be the same, and we need to be prepared to cope with them.
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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    As much as possible without sacrificing too greatly in important and more traditional areas. I certainly wouldn't support a bill that would explicitly prohibit them from doing so.

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I think that the question is more how to prepare than whether to do so. Is hardware necessary or is research better and sufficient? How much do we want to allocate away from other activities? How will we bind in our allies and hopefully other partners in the endeavor for global security?

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I think that the question is more how to prepare than whether to do so. Is hardware necessary or is research better and sufficient? How much do we want to allocate away from other activities? How will we bind in our allies and hopefully other partners in the endeavor for global security?

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Yes, absolutely, and we should start by authorizing shorts and short sleeve shirts.

    This guy on the left knows what I'm talking about.

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    As much as possible without sacrificing too greatly in important and more traditional areas. I certainly wouldn't support a bill that would explicitly prohibit them from doing so.
    Yes. The military's focus should be on effectiveness but recognizing the reality of climate change must be part of the analysis. The military of the future has to operate in a real world and that world certainly will be different. To be an effective defense of America, the military must understand how the physical world will affect them.
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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    I blame the failure to adjust for an extra degree per average has cost us a victory in the war on terror.

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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    Prepare for action in the US or abroad?

    Certainly not here in the US. Unless they are involved in distributing food and supplies during some catastrophe.
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    Re: Should the US military prepare for climate change?

    I think we need proof climate change is even real....

    I mean Al gore said that by now the ice caps would be gone, and lo and behold they are larger now then when he made that comment.

    Climate change is a hoax

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