Pentagon breaks with White House, calls climate change a national security issue.

By |2019-01-19T08:22:50-08:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


Courtesy of HuffPo:

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration’s list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of U.S. military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire.

“The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations,” states the 22-page document, which was published Thursday.

The congressionally mandated analysis looked at a total of 79 military installations around the country. The Defense Department found that 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding. Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, for example, has experienced 14 inches of sea level rise since 1930. Additionally, more than half of the 79 bases are at risk from drought, while nearly half are vulnerable to wildfire.

These climate impacts are expected to pose a risk to several other installations over the next two decades, and the report notes that “projected changes will likely be more pronounced at the mid-century mark” if climate adaptation measures are not taken.

So now Trump finds himself in disagreement not just with scientists, journalists, and Democrats, but also with his own Pentagon. 

You know you would expect that at some point a reasonable person might accept that they were wrong. 

But sadly nothing about Donald Trump is reasonable. 

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  1. dead silent winter January 20, 2019 at 6:54 am
  2. Beaglemom January 20, 2019 at 7:41 am

    So, almost 40 of our military bases are increasingly susceptible to wildfires. Hmm. I guess those soldiers, marines and sailors better get raking. I’m not sure what the 53% of bases susceptible to repeated flooding should do. Maybe give everyone on the base water wings?

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