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California Senate candidate Cary Fioina is looking for an edge over her opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and it looks like she may have settled on the issue of national security and climate change. Boxer, a long-time champion of clean energy and climate action, has been vocal about the link between national security and a changing climate, which could lead to conflicts over resources and border disputes. Despite studies from the military confirming the validity of Boxer's concern, Fiorina and now Glen Beck are mocking Boxer's commitment to action. On his radio show, Beck called Boxer "completely out of touch" after she said that veterans support clean energy and energy independence. The exchange is offered by Media Matters.
BECK: I've got to play Barbara Boxer because just when you think these people are completely out of touch, then you hear Barbara Boxer and then you are like, you know what?
BECK: They got it going on. Here's Barbara Boxer. BOXER (audio clip) A host of quotes from our national security experts who tell us that carbon pollution leading to climate change will be, over the next 20 years, the leading cause of conflict, putting our troops in harm's way and that's why we have so many returning veterans who want us to move forward and address this issue.
GRAY: I love that because there's no facts there, there's no figures, there's no stats. She's just throwing out some baseless generalities, you know, that all the troops that are returning really want us to take care of this problem because they know more than terrorism, more than threats from other nations --
BECK: Global warming.
GRAY: It's carbon. Carbon is their main enemy that they fear.
Fiorina's attack on Boxer is even more silly, not to mention dangerous. In her latest ad, Fiorina says that, "Terrorism kills, and Barbara Boxer's worried about the weather."
Here's testimony from Dr. Thomas Fingar, chairman of President George W. Bush's National Intelligence Council,on the link between terrorism and security:
We judge global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for US national security interests over the next 20 years. Although the United States will be less affected and is better equipped than most nations to deal with climate change, and may even see a benefit owing to increases in agriculture productivity, infrastructure repair and replacement will be costly. We judge that the most significant impact for the United States will be indirect and result from climate-driven effects on many other countries and their potential to seriously affect US national security interests. We assess that climate change alone is unlikely to trigger state failure in any state out to 2030, but the impacts will worsen existing problems--such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions. Climate change could threaten domestic stability in some states, potentially contributing to intra- or, less likely, interstate conflict, particularly over access to increasingly scarce water resources. We judge that economic migrants will perceive additional reasons to migrate because of harsh climates, both within nations and from disadvantaged to richer countries.
Any more questions, Carly?