Monday, October 13, 2014

Good Luck With That

The Defense Department has scheduled an event to shoot themselves in the foot today:

Defense officials say a report slated for release Monday will lay out plans for the Pentagon to get a better handle on how climate change will affect the military, and determine how best to deal with the challenges.

Defense Department leaders have long warned that the evolving change in climate patterns, resulting in rising seas and increased severe weather events, will have a broad and costly impact on the Defense Department's ability to protect the nation and respond to natural and humanitarian disasters in the United States and around the world.

The Pentagon will be the one agency in the federal government that cannot wave the crisis of global warming (or climate change, or whatever we haven't been experiencing for the last decade and a half of "pause") and get money thrown at it to cope with the issue.

Indeed, this report will be used by others to justify cutting the Defense budget in order to fund efforts to combat climate change under the reasoning that every dollar moved from defense to climate change is a force multiplier for our military.