Obama: The real national security threat? Global warming realists

When you think of national security threats, words like ISIS, North Korea, and Al Qaeda probably come to mind.

For President Obama, however, you can add another sinister term: “Climate denier.”

“Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama told new Coast Guard officers at the Academy’s New London, Connecticut, campus yesterday.

“Denying it, or refusing to deal with it, endangers our national security and undermines the readiness of our forces,” he added.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that this President, whose lackluster foreign policy has come under much criticism, would seek to deflect that criticism by casting the public’s eye on a new villain – even one of his own creation. But choosing to go after climate scientists and others who simply disagree with Al Gore’s alarmism seems to be just a bit of a stretch … even for him.

Leave alone the fact that there’s been no increase in hurricanes, tornados, wildfires or other extreme weather events (not to mention no increase in global temperatures in over 18 years), the evidence that a warmer world leads to more conflict is not supported by either factual or historical evidence.

As CFACT’s Marc Morano has chronicled regarding this issue at ClimateDepot.com:

  • War-related casualties have fallen over the last half-century, even as temperatures have slightly risen.
  • Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars.
  • Peer-reviewed studies show the primary causes of civil war are political, not environmental.
  • A chapter of the Fifth Assessment Report of the UN’s own IPCC published last year notes that “collectively the research does not conclude that there is a strong positive relationship between warming and armed conflicts.”

To be sure, the world is still awaiting its first climate refugee resulting from a conflict generated by alleged man-made global warming. This despite shrill warnings of impending doom going back years, one issued by the UN itself which said there would be 50 million such refugees by 2010. Of course, we saw none.

So it appears the President is not looking at the facts, but simply shilling for his friends in the Green movement.

Demonizing your political opponents does not make America stronger. It may be shrewd politically, but it’s doubtful to do much in the way of improving national security

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

  • Brin Jenkins

    Christopher Monckton of Brenchley is summonsing a East Anglian University for death threats. These lefties really are as vicious as the old Bolsheviks of Communist Russia.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/05/19/im-dead-send-flowers/

    A tombstone on which the “artist”, a student to whom the “University” had awarded a prize for it, had engraved my name and those of five other British climate skeptics:

    Ø Christopher Booker of the Sunday Telegraph, the world’s best regularly-published climate-skeptic columnist in any mainstream news medium;

    Ø James Delingpole, who has transformed Breitbart London into thenews website that everyone in Britain wants to read;

    Ø Melanie Phillips, the redoubtable and always trenchant Daily Mailcolumnist, writing for the only daily paper that regularly reports how much nonsense global warming is;

    Ø Lord Lawson of Blaby, Margaret Thatcher’s former Finance Minister, and founder of the authoritative Global Warming Policy Foundation; and

    Ø Owen Paterson, the affable squire who, like most country folk, does not believe a word of the urban-myth cargo-cult doctrine of global warming, and is a former Secretary of State for the Environment.

    • Ian5

      As third year Fine Arts student and author of the sculptor Ian Wolter stated, “[Monkton’s] extreme reaction is a great example of the power of political art.”

      • Brin Jenkins

        Not at all sure what you mean?

        • Ian5

          It’s the sculptor not me who made the quote but I think he is saying that art has an important role in provoking public discourse. Monkton’s reaction that this is somehow reminiscent of nazism (a sentiment also shared in the comments above) exposes how extreme his views and those of other prominent deniers of climate change really are.

          • Brin Jenkins

            If that is what he thinks it’s utter nonsense! Not one of them are likely to be “Change Deniers”. Climate always has and always will change following interacting cycles from a few to over a thousand years. What we would all like is a proper explanation of exactly how the mechanism works with the carbon theory? Without this, all there is is the consensus of those who do not understand, insulting those who would question. I wonder if the artist understands, or if its just his gut feeling? Do you understand, and can you explain with out giving lots of links? Otherwise it suggests one only really believes another’s opinion.

            • Ian5

              You keep asking for an ‘explanation’ of the science behind climate change but just ignore everyone’s responses. Do some homework and look it up yourself – NOAA, NASA, your nearest university. its not about believing another’s opinion, it’s about examining the evidence and the peer-reviewed science instead of the “opinions” of special interests who are intentionally trying to mislead and misinform.

              The response the artist is getting to his sculpture is revealing and illustrates the true value of political art. That you would refer to a 3rd year art student as a Nazi (just like Moncton himself) demonstrates the absurdity of your views.

              • Brin Jenkins

                No one has related the explanation yet, so give it a go for discussion.

                A theory is put up, and until this is proven it is but a possible explantation. I have explained my own doubts, just tell me why you believe as you do? If you are unable to do this, your support is only a display of faith, not your own understanding.

                Did I refer to any individual as a Nazi? I said, surely those who would stifle debate act like them, not theory questioners. Incidentally have you any experience of WW2? I lived through it and remember it quire well. I did say however lefties are as vicious as Bolsheviks in shouting down all dissent. Do you know what a Bolshevik is? He not a supporter of the Bolshoi ballet.

                • Ian5

                  The basic mechanism has been explained many times to you. Go do your homework. While you are at it, take a course on critical thinking; many university extension programs offer them to the general public.

                  I am very familiar with my WW2 history…immediate members of my family contributed with their lives. How is their involvement (oryour experience for that matter) relevant to climate change science?

                  Wrong, it’s not about stifling debate. It’s about challenging ideologues who deliberately misinform and mislead.

  • “….Instead of brown shirts
    Will we now all wear green?
    Will the UN flag
    Be the only flag seen?

    Will we march in columns,
    Have book burning fires,
    Destroying the records
    Treasured by the deniers?

    Will the letter “D”
    Be used to signify
    That you’ve dangerous free opinions,
    That you still won’t comply?

    A “D” daubed on your house,
    A “D” badge on your coat,
    No employment available,
    Not allowed to vote.

    Will the deniers in camps
    Be incarcerated,
    Where they can be vilified,
    Silenced and berated?

    Will holding free opinions
    Be an unforgivable crime?
    Will we be taken back
    To a more terrible time?….”

    (From “Environmental Nazis”)
    ©RhymeAfterRhyme

  • Dano2

    Arab Spring was the result of a prolonged drought, exacerbated by AGW.

    You can’t deny that.

    Best,

    D

    • Brin Jenkins

      Really, perhaps Lawrence of Arabia also payed a part! Stuff the Arab Spring when it needs to ride on others backs. Have you any political awareness at all?

      • Dano2

        Compelling argumentation.

        Best,

        D

        • Brin Jenkins

          Well your is not, Lawrence was actually instrumental in getting the Arabs to cooperate in an armed struggle 100 years ago. The next big Arab initiative was OPEC raising lots of oil money thus threatening all the Western Economies. Arab Spring has sod all to do with Climate or the unproven link you keep on about! Reading the Koran these initiatives are commanded by the prophet to rule the World and spread Islam.

          • Dano2

            The fortuitous way that the random words of your typing spasm self-organized into a pattern resembling the English language is nonetheless not compelling.

            Best,

            D

            • Brin Jenkins

              But I don’t lie, Arab Spring has nothing to do with your disconnected Climate Variations. If you’r sure of your facts explain it!

  • I hope he doesn’t drone me.