The Pentagon Sounds The Alarm on Global Warming

Why Isn't President Bush Listening?

| March 4, 2004

Once-peaceful nations go nuclear to fight over precious drinking water, which has nearly evaporated as a new ice age subjects a majority of the world's population to mega-droughts and famine. Sound like a trailer for the upcoming Dennis Quaid doomsday movie, The Day After Tomorrow? Actually this real-life situation could threaten the human race, and by extension, U.S. national security, within the next decade if global warming rears its ugly head, writes Arianna Huffington, whose scathing criticism of the Bush administration hits home; she once identified herself with 'compassionate conservatives.'

This Armageddon scenario is nothing new to environmental activists, scientists and most European nations, but the imminent dangers of climate change seem to have hit home with some unlikely characters in Washington. The Pentagon recently released a frightening report on the effects global warming could have on global security, sooner rather than later, and all but condemned the Bush administration for ignoring the problem. The report was suppressed for four months before several newspapers, including the Observer in the UK, finally got their hands on it. Meanwhile, 60 prominent scientists -- including 20 Nobel laureates and former advisers to both Republican and Democratic administrations -- released a scathing letter two weeks ago, accusing the Bush administration of 'manipulating and censoring science for political purposes.'

Huffington believes that this report could be the key to the White House for whoever wins the Democratic nomination -- 'if,' as she puts it, 'he's smart enough to use it.' John Kerry has long campaigned to cut down on greenhouse gases by raising fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and he could convincingly argue that he takes preparedness seriously. Huffington recalls Americans' shock and surprise at the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 'Well, let there be no surprise this time. We have all been warned.'
-- Jacob Wheeler

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