It was a stunning declaration, especially given the venue: President Obama used the occasion of graduation at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently to rail against “climate change deniers” and claim that man-caused global warming was a national security threat.
“I know there are still some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real,” Obama told graduating cadets in New London, Connecticut. “Denying it, or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.”
“Politicians who say they care about military readiness should care about this as well,” he continued.
In making his strongest case yet for global warming — despite the fact that more than 31,000 scientists, climatologists, physics majors and engineers dispute such claims — the president also sought to shore up support for new Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Critics of the new rules say they will lead to closures of coal-fired power plants, which will strain America’s already-taxed power grid and cost consumers billions more in higher electric bills.
Tornadoes and snowfall are national security threats, not Russia or China
“Climate change is contributing to extreme weather, wildfires, and drought, and that rising temperatures can lead to more smog and more allergens in the air we breathe, meaning more kids are exposed to the triggers that can cause asthma attacks,” the White House said in its report, titled “The National Security Implications of Climate Change.”[PDF]
“We also need to decrease the harmful carbon pollution that causes climate change. That is why, this summer, the EPA will put in place commonsense standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the largest source in the United States,” the report said.
It further claimed:
The implications of climate change on national security are not all beyond U.S. borders – they pose risks here at home. According to the Third National Climate Assessment, sea level rise, coupled with storm surge, will continue to increase the risk of major coastal impacts on transportation infrastructure, including both temporary and permanent flooding of airports, ports and harbors, roads, rail lines, tunnels, and bridges. Extreme weather events are also affecting energy production and delivery facilities, causing supply disruptions of varying lengths and magnitudes and affecting other infrastructure that depends on energy supply. Increasing risk of flooding affects human safety and health, property, infrastructure, economies, and ecology in many basins across the United States.
The report lists 34 adversities of “global warming,” painting a sort of doomsday scenario of the cumulative effects that will impact political, security, economic and health issues.
In his speech to Coast Guard graduates, Obama also claimed: “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”
Global temps “not cooperating” with climate hoaxers
Personnel at the Pentagon work for and answer to the president; if he wants the Defense Department to reflect his views on this or any issue, it will. After all, what does the Defense Department truly know about “climate change?”
Quite simply, there is no hard, substantive, replicable, scientific evidence of “man-caused global warming/climate change.” It just doesn’t exist outside computer models, which have long been incorrect in their forecasts because the input data forming the model — the “guesstimates” — have also been incorrect.
“The President’s speech was so farcical in its claims that it hardly merits a response,” the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) said in a statement.
“Contrary to the President’s claims, it seems ISIS may in fact trump ICE as a bigger concern,” CFACT continued. “Actually believing Obama’s climate claims, undermines our nation’s ability to distinguish real threats from politically contrived nonsense. UN climate treaties and EPA climate regulations will not prevent wars, conflicts or impact the creation of a terrorist group.”
“It is obvious that the climate establishment is seeking new talking points on ‘global warming’ to change the subject from the simple fact that global temperatures are not cooperating with their claims,” said Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot.
The real national security threats to the U.S. come from other governments and non-state actors like ISIS, not summer storms and winter snowfalls.