Iraq Vets Call Out Republican Climate Obstruction

Al Gore often says that we are borrowing from China to buy oil from the Middle East which is destroying the climate. Vote Vets, a liberal veterans advocacy group agrees and is calling on Republican Senators to stop obstructing progress on bills that will put a price on carbon and move us away from our dependance on foreign oil. The group is using TV ads to target Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and other elected officials saying that their obstruction is funding terrorists. Here's a partial transcript:

Terrorists. They're trying to kill Americans at home and our troops abroad. And who's footing the bill for the attacks against us? Oil money. Filtered through secret organizations in the Middle East and countries like Iran. When oil money hands up in the hands of our enemies, Americans pay the ultimate price. We've got to protect ourselves and end our dependence on foreign oil. Tell Congress: Pass the Clean Energy and American Power Act now.

The vets' advocacy is poignant and needed at this crucial time. Their concern about climate change is shared with the military, which is already planning for a world altered by climate change. John Broder, in a New York Times article titled "Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security" reported that for some time the military has been factoring in climate change into their war game scenarios. They expect that in the decades to come, global warming will cause population displacement, mass drought, and food shortages that will provide the U.S. will significant national security threats.

Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

An exercise last December at the National Defense University, an educational institute that is overseen by the military, explored the potential impact of a destructive flood in Bangladesh that sent hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into neighboring India, touching off religious conflict, the spread of contagious diseases and vast damage to infrastructure. "It gets real complicated real quickly," said Amanda J. Dory, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy, who is working with a Pentagon group assigned to incorporate climate change into national security strategy planning.


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