IS THE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS REAL?
THE U.S.MILITARY KNOWS THAT IT IS!
In February 2010 the Department of Defense issued its Quadrennial Defense Review, a periodic assessment of national security issues facing the United States. In that report, the Pentagon stated:
“The U.S. Global Change Research Program, composed of 13 federal agencies, reported in 2009 that climate-related changes are already being observed in every region of the world, including the United States and its coastal waters. Among these physical changes are increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature and sea level, rapidly retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, lengthening growing seasons, lengthening ice-free seasons in the oceans and on lakes and rivers, earlier snowmelt, and alterations in river flows.
Assessments conducted by the intelligence community indicate that climate change could have significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments. Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration.” [emphasis supplied]
-The full text of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review can be found at www.defense.gov/qdr
Serious action on climate change is already overdue. Any continuing refusal to acknowledge massive scientific evidence is not “skepticism” but self-deception.
At the Copenhagen conference in December 2009 the Director of the U.S. Navy Task Force on Climate Change, Rear Admiral David Titley gave a somber assessment of the risks presented by climate change, including the likely need for greater humanitarian and disaster relief missions, and the dangers posed by such “wild cards” as ocean acidification and rising sea levels. But he also expressed the hope that “climate change may be viewed as a common enemy that will bring nations together toward a common end.”
Credits for the video above:
Producer/Director Roger Sorkin is an award-winning filmmaker and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, who received an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University’s Documentary Film & Video Program. For the last ten years his production company, Sorkin Productions LLC, has created films for non-profit organizations, academic institutions, government and corporate clients including the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Center for U.S. Global Engagement, and International Foundation for Electoral Systems among others.