View Full Version : Former US Generals urge action on climate change

Sam L
Apr 16th, 2007, 06:58 AM
God, I'm loving this. National security and the environment high on the agenda. This is the way it should be for us.

US generals urge climate action

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42789000/jpg/_42789559_power-station203.jpg The US has refused to join an international treaty to cut emissions

Former US military leaders have called on the Bush administration to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. In a report, they say global warming poses a serious threat to national security, as the US could be drawn into wars over water and other conflicts.
They appear to criticise President George W Bush's refusal to join an international treaty to cut emissions.
Among the 11 authors are ex-Army chief of staff Gordon Sullivan and Mr Bush's ex-Mid-East peace envoy Anthony Zinni.
The report says the US "must become a more constructive partner" with other nations to fight global warming and deal with its consequences.
It warns that over the next 30 to 40 years, there will be conflicts over water resources, as well as increased instability resulting from rising sea levels and global warming-related refugees.
"The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism," the 35-page report predicts.
'Pay now - or later'
Writing in the report, Gen Zinni, a former commander of US Central Command, says: "It's not hard to make the connection between climate change and instability, or climate change and terrorism."
He adds: "We will pay for this one way or another. We will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, and we'll have to take an economic hit of some kind.
"Or we will pay the price later in military terms. And that will involve human lives. There will be a human toll."
The report was issued by a Virginia-based national security think-tank, The CNA Corporation, and was written by six retired admirals and five retired generals.
Climate scientists broadly endorsed the report.
But Stanford scientist Terry Root, a joint author of this month's international scientific report on the effects of global warming on life on Earth, said its timescale might be too alarmist, as some of the predicted events - while likely to occur - could take longer than 30 years to happen.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6557803.stm

Hopefully, this will wake up people on the Right.

Apr 16th, 2007, 05:53 PM

That's it?

Including the disgruntled Mr. Zinni?

There are hundreds of active generals, and thousands in
retirement or non-active status.

11 blowhards.

Sitting around the EU and UN does this to you, it makes the
brain turn to mush...the need to be liked, to get on the BBC,
to be invited to the National Press Club, to be embraced by
Clooney and Gore and Blair and CBS.......

Send the memo to China and India - the two fastest growing
industrial nations - do they care much about factory pollution?
water pollution? cleaner cars?

Global warming is not a national security issue.

It is a business and environ. issue.

The USA is doing far more than most other nations already, w/o
some more mandated changes. Changes the lower income and
middle class will feel more than Hollywood stars who fly around in
private planes.

For all our whining about it, we're having yet another storm along
the East Coast, snow in Colorado in April, and cool weather in
California this week. The snow is good in CO, it helps us in CA
w/our water needs.

Lord Nelson
Apr 16th, 2007, 07:08 PM
Former U.S. generals have the liberty to complain. Their say won't affect anything. Also one has to be careful what to ask for. Going for biofuels such as using sugar cane for ethanol which would be used as an alternative to fossil fuel will actually make the problem worse since demand will raise and forests would be cleared to grow sugar canes in Brazil. The U.S. should go for diesel fuel and also hybrids and try and recycle hybrids which at present is difficult to do so.