To Global Warming Holdouts and Oil Drilling Enthusiasts:
OK, maybe you don't care or believe that within a couple of generations global warming's effects on sea levels will swamp the world's coastlines, displacing hundreds of millions of people. And maybe you don't care or believe that already-dry regions will experience extended droughts, leaving millions more people without adequate food and water. Or that thousands of species will be wiped out. Or that the coral reefs are toast.
But what about America's fighting forces? Do you support our troops? If so, you might want to get behind the push for alternative energy and a reduced carbon "bootprint," because our military says it's essential for American security.
The people sounding these alarms have impressive insignia on their chests, and there is probably not a pair of Birkenstocks among them. From the Pentagon to the intelligence community, the word coming down is that our national security and war readiness are at risk if we don't respond to the threats of global warming and energy dependence. So are you ready to listen, please?
Let's first talk about the really short run, as in right now, as in our wars in
Then there is the impact of our inefficient energy systems on our infantry forces when each soldier in
What if those batteries were replaced with a small hybrid module that exploited wind, solar or hydro power resources? If you think that's liberal drivel, just listen to retired Vice Admiral
On a recent newspaper visit, the pair agreed that more oil drilling will get us nowhere. They pointed out our nation's frightening vulnerability: We consume 25 percent of the world's oil production yet have less than 3 percent of the world's supply, including what's under pristine federal land in
Warner also has a message about global warming: "We're running out of time." Global warming may seem like a long-term threat, but it isn't. We have to address greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, or the planet's inexorable warming will exacerbate fault lines around the world. The military is predicting that instability caused by coastal flooding, water and food scarcities, and the resulting mass human migration and weakened governments will directly impact U.S. security.
And McGinn wants Americans to know that a yellow "support our troops" ribbon on a big, gas-guzzling SUV is a "mixed message." Being truly supportive, he says, is to be energy efficient, even in small ways, and to support leaders who seek to change the way we develop and use energy.
So, doubters, there you have it. The very people who you always claimed to be "for" are telling you that for the sake of America's security you should forget about drilling, dump your SUV and join the fight for renewable energy. Any chance that you're listening?
American religious traditions have emerged as a large part of the environmental movement. The stepped-up environmental efforts of religious groups in Washington have paralleled a grass-roots effort among religious Americans to green their congregations.
A Fishy Tale - California Uproar over Water
Victor Davis Hanson
Nearly a quarter-million acres worth of federal irrigation deliveries have been cut from big farms of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. The water in large part is being diverted to the salty San Francisco Bay and the delta to improve marine ecology. The result is that many crops have gone unplanted. Farm income is down. Thousands of farm laborers are unemployed. Growers and workers are now livid at environmentalists, federal bureaucrats and judges for worrying more about fish than about people and food growing
(C) 2009 Robyn Blumner