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  • Night of the Living Dead Idea

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) is out. Like the Pentagon’s QDR it is supposed to detail future threats and how our government will deal with them. This report, also like the QDR (and the annual assessment of the Director of National Intelligence), includes the obligatory reference to global warming.

    The QHSR warns:

    [d]ependence on fossil fuels and the threat of global climate change that can open the United States to disruptions and manipulations in energy supplies and to changes in our natural environment on an unprecedented scale. Climate change is expected to increase the severity and frequency of weather-related hazards, which could, in turn, result in social and political destabilization, international conflict, or mass migrations.

    One suspects the commercial for climate change is sandwiched into the report for the same reason it is included in the Pentagon’s report. And the inclusion raises the same questions. As we have written before:

    1. They don’t come with an accompanying asterisk. The reality is there is no way to forecast the impact of climate change on national security.

    2. They don’t tell you that the administration’s plan for dealing with global climate change may be the biggest national security threat of all because of its potential to wreck the US and the global economy and worst of all that is actually unlikely to affect global warming.

    3. They don’t acknowledge that the White House is largely using the national security argument to push a political agenda…pushing for passage of bills like “cap and trade” and ratification of treaties like the Law of the Sea.

    Furthermore, these reports are supposed to focus on near term threats. Efforts to link global warming to near term climate change been highly debatable. See Glaciergate.

    On the other hand, in some cases we know parts of the global environment, such as the Arctic, are changing. The waters in the Arctic are going to become more navigable year round. We need policies to deal with that. That is a reality that is upon us. Nothing we do about our “dependence on fossil fuels and the threat of global climate change” is going to change that reality in the short term.

    The kinds of impacts the QHSR is musing on, if they do realize themselves, are many decades in the future–far beyond the report’s planning time line.

    Don’t get me wrong. Discussing and debating the course of global climate change is important.

    Just, not sure the QHSR is the place to do that.

    Homeland Security should worry a lot more about the terrorists that are trying to kill us right now than what the temperature is going to be 50 years.

    Posted in Security [slideshow_deploy]

    2 Responses to Night of the Living Dead Idea

    1. Bobbie Jay says:

      I agree. Until mankind stops killing mankind or causing man-made global disaster something actually within man's control, there should be no reason to hype up a total hypothesis of something that holds absolutely no evidence.

      Make accessible NATURAL RESOURCES that work efficiently now. Gas, oil, coal, nuclear. Get rid of something you can, man-made global disasters!

      Independent scientists, please research what NATURE will hold in the future, for the good of mankind, without deceit. The truth will create innovation in protection, safety and security.

    2. Viktor says:

      Dear Colleagues

      Bring to your attention the monthly newsletter of the Research Center Viktor Voksanaeva with various information materials.

      Viktor Voksanaeva Research Center specializes in research in the area for signs of crisis situations that arise in business and public arenas of society.

      Our capabilities include:

      - Detection of vulnerabilities of business development,

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      - Evaluation and analysis of publicly available information.

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      Contents of the newsletter of the Research Center Viktor Voksanaeva (February 2010)

      1. On the strategic assessment of the consequences of climate change in the next 10-20 years for the environment and the economy of the Union State

      2. Brief Annual Review of the radiation situation in Russia in 2009

      3. Modernization of Russia's economy: a new course (materials meetings of the Scientific Expert Council on anti-crisis policy in the Analytical Department of the State Duma on 30 November 2009)

      4. Economists theorists "slept" crisis ((material discussions from 9 to 30 December 2009).

      5. Russia conservatism – an ideology, politics, economics (discussion materials from 6 to 30 December 2009).

      6. New course: the modernization of Russia's economy (material discussions from 9 to 30 December 2009. Part Two)

      7. Counterfeit Medicines, Drugs: corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, the harm of tobacco, UV radiation and human health.

      8. Briefly: review of the information materials of the world of think tanks and international organizations.

      9. Competitive intelligence: monitoring social networking

    3. SB Owner Springfield says:

      Ok we know Climate Change is a disputed hypothesis at best, and fraud at worst. Over exaggerated for sure, however not worth wrecking the economy over. Statist power grab for control over your mobility, comfort, & money.

      The point here is the statists/progressivies are now infiltrating all bureaucracies with their Ilk during the largest expansion of government in history. They will sabotage the next conservative administration. Richard Armitage ring a bell?

      There must be a wholesale cut back in the size of government for two reasons, purge the statists, and fiscal prudence.

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