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From “Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us” in London’s Observer, Feb. 21, 2004:
Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.
A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.
The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.
‘Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,’ concludes the Pentagon analysis. ‘Once again, warfare would define human life.’
The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists. Experts said that they will also make unsettling reading for a President who has insisted national defence is a priority. . . .
As early as next year widespread flooding by a rise in sea levels will create major upheaval for millions.
A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world...The report was commissioned by influential Pentagon defence adviser Andrew Marshall, who has held considerable sway on US military thinking over the past three decades. He was the man behind a sweeping recent review aimed at transforming the American military under Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Climate change 'should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern', say the authors, Peter Schwartz, CIA consultant and former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of the California-based Global Business Network.
Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall, both emphasized that they were asked to assume the very worst consequences that would arise from the very worst global warming scenario-one that would increase the Earth's temperature by some 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next five decades. This was not a repressed secret report or a prediction of imminent doom, says Schwartz, who once ran scenario planning for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He said Greenpeace and other critics who seized on the leaked report and portrayed it as a scientific study got it all wrong.
The reality, of course, is far different from the spin put forth by eco-activists and the sensationalist media. There are no references in the report, and there's no environmental or economic modeling'-the report is purely an interview-driven by a Jules Verne "what if" exercise in speculation.
And the report doesn't blame man-made greenhouse gasses, the environmentalists' bete noir for global warming. It merely asks: What if we see a repeat performance of pre-historic climate changes?- focusing on a rapid climate shift that happened 8,200 years ago.
A second key area of Greenpeace's alarmist distortion is its claim that the report calls for immediate action-implying that such actions involve curbing energy use and thus, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. In reality, there is little discussion of man-made carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the Pentagon report. In fact, greenhouse gas controls are nowhere to be seen in the report's seven recommendations, which focus on improving our understanding of climate; taking no-regrets actions to secure food and water supplies for the future; exploring adaptation strategies useful if climate begins to change rapidly; and geo-engineering approaches to controlling the climate.
The Schwartz-Randall climate report, indeed, is a purely speculative exercise in readiness planning for extreme climate changes of the sort seen in reconstructions of ancient temperatures. Many scientists saw the hyping of the Pentagon report as an eleventh-hour gesture by die-hard environmentalists to salvage the sinking Kyoto Treaty on climate change, which already has been rejected by the United States and Australia and is about to suffer the same fate in Russia.
Thank you for the research. Asking a speculative "What would happen if the worst were to happen?" is the sort of thing we hope planners do. That they made no claim it was at all likely is important.
Similarly, it is extremely unlikely we will invade Canada. But someone should at least be running the exercise of "If we had to invade Canada, how would we do it," because that would teach us something.
Assistant Village Idiot
Who wrote the secret report? Someone well supplied with doobies and residing on a Los Angeles sidewalk? A CNN contributor?
You don't think for a second that this cannot be spinned or that it will change any of the warmist conspiracists minds, Those on the left who are in on the scam will never give it up and those on the left that are merely useful idiots will never wake up. These are new age flat earthers we are dealing with and no rational argument will dissuade them.
Environmentalism long ago turned into an apocalyptic doomsday cult. I recall an IPCC report in 1989 that said we were doomed to die from global warming unless we reduced our CO2 emissions in the next 10 years. Well, they weren't reduced so it's obviously too late to do anything. We are all going to die from global warming, or climate change or something.