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