eleven military leaders agree that bush is putting us a risk relative to climate change

Six retired U.S. admirals and five retired U.S. generals are issuing a report, via a national security think-tank tomorrow, which is supposed to be highly critical of the Bush administration’s leadership on global warming. Here’s a clip from the BBC:

…In (the) 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 report, entitled National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, should be available for download sometime on Monday.

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  1. dr. teddy glass
    Posted April 16, 2007 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    While I’d like to see Bush removed from office, it is kind of comforting to know that generals in our country, no matter how bad things have gotten, are more likely to issue reports than just take power.

  2. Joe
    Posted April 16, 2007 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Of course Bush and his administration know global warming is occuring and have known for years. The worldwide population is growing fast and natural resources will eventually no longer be able to meet our demands. Through global warming they can allow mother nature to “naturally” thin out the herd so to speak. Sound ridiculous?… It’s true. This will help complete their “New World Order” that has been underway now for almost 20 years. Bush sees himself as chosen by God to lead us down this course and why not? He is spoiled child of average intelligence who is the most powerful individual in the world. He has no election to lose and obviously could care less what the will of we the American people is. Population control has been a backroom issue for years and the war has been very profitable for them. The real axis of evil is Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and other very wealthy powerful people throughout the world. It is going to get worse very soon, you will see. Before Bush leaves office he will have thrown us into complete chaos and straight into armageddon.

  3. gtrotter
    Posted April 16, 2007 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    It is incumbant on our elected officials to take the lead in all matters which may impact on the safety of our nation, not the military. I do not recall the military as an elected body representative of the people, and I resent retired military officials opining the DOD is better prepared to address the global warming threat than our elected officials.

    It sets a dangerous precedent whenever the military establishment is allowed to hold itself out to the public as its sole saviour. The Roman Legions did the same to the Roman senate, which led to dictatorship, and the eventual collapse of Rome. The military is not by its very nature a democratic body, and it does not run our country, though I fear if our congress and senate do not reign in the Pentagon and its bloated buracracy it soon very well may.

  4. mark
    Posted April 16, 2007 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    [for some reason, aol is linking to this little post, so there are going to be a few strangers leaving comments. please be nice to them. they won’t be here long.]

  5. Roger
    Posted April 17, 2007 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    “General Anthony Zinni” , peace envoy to the Middle-East. To think this same man whos job it was to prevent us from a war in the Middle-East now wishes to lead the crusade, saving us from our(bi-peds)wishes to blind ourselves to the obvious. We as good ‘ole mother nature has been showing us for the last 20+ years or so I know of have an obvious late start can relieve some of the harder of the realities that global warming will cause not so much to me as to my children and theirs. So to me and hopefully others it not what earth can do for me but what I can do for her. After all she sustains my existance …

  6. ypsi oneworlder
    Posted April 23, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    about preparing ypsi to as much as is possible avert worsening the climate change scene… I suppose you’ve all seen this already, but just in case noted this on “sustainable Ypsi”:

    We are hosting a series of documentaries to be shown at the Corner Brewery (720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti) on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting April 24. FREE! These films illustrate why relocalization and sustainability are so important for our community’s future health.

    The Power of Community will start at 7:30 PM on April 24. The film tells the story of what happened to Cuba when the embargo cut off the cheap energy source of petroleum? How did citizens create and adapt to a post-oil culture there?
    (See poster under RESOURCES)
    The Future of Food will be our next film at 7:30 on May 22. It’s gardening time again in SE Michigan. Can you trust this country’s food supply or should you just grow your own?! If you’ve been wondering why the phrase “local food” has been on everyone’s tongue lately, come see the film and find out!
    The End of Suburbia will be shown at 7:30 on June 26. The film asks, as energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream?
    If you missed An Inconvenient Truth the first time around, come see it at 7:30 on July 24. Gore’s oeuvre on global warming.
    We will introduce the idea of a local currency, introduce our Art Contest to design, and have fliers available for folks to take home. JOIN US!!!

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