Just days before Paris attack: Kerry calls climate ‘global threat’ – Boasts US military ‘first to deploy solar’ in Afghanistan
Speaking on the “global threat” of climate change, Secretary Kerry boasts that “our military was the first to deploy solar panels to the field in Afghanistan” to reduce the reliance on fuel.
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: “The United States is the world’s greatest innovator. We are proud of that. And, in Paris we intend to send a clear message to the rest of the world that we are committed to solving this problem. And, thanks to America’s private sector ingenuity, we are seeing enormous breakthroughs in battery storage, new frontiers of renewable energy. In the military we’re seeing important developments in the way renewable technologies are being used. For example, our military was the first to deploy solar panels to the field in Afghanistan in order to reduce the reliance on fuel convoys. This is a military town, and when I was in the Navy we used to have a saying, and I’m certain it’s still used today, ‘ship, shipmate, self’. Putting the greater good above one’s personal interests is second nature for most of our military men and women and that sentiment has to guide our effort to overcome this global threat.”
Climate Change and National Security Remarks at Old Dominion University
November 10, 2015.…
Decades before Sen. Bernie Sanders warned that global warming was driving terrorism, U.S. intelligence officials warned that global cooling would cause massive crop failures, destabilize government and drive violent conflict.
A Central Intelligence Agency report from 1974 warned Earth’s “climate is returning to that of the neo-boreal era… an era of drought, famine, and political unrest in the western world.” The report cited famines in the Soviet Union, drought in Latin America and flooding in the U.S. as examples of how global cooling was wreaking havoc on countries.
This sounds eerily similar to arguments Sanders made during the Democratic presidential debate Saturday evening, in which he argued man-made global warming made Syria’s drought worse and led to the rise of the Islamic State. It’s an argument increasingly in the mouths of Democrats over the past year.
“In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism,” Sanders said in the debate. “And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say you’re gonna see countries all over the world– this is what the C.I.A. says, they’re gonna be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops. And you’re gonna see all kinds of international conflict.”
The Pentagon has called global warming a “threat multiplier” because “it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism.”
Interestingly enough, the Pentagon has the same concerns about global warming as the C.I.A. did about global cooling in the 1970s.
“The impacts of climate change may cause instability in other countries by impairing access to food and water, damaging infrastructure, spreading disease, uprooting and displacing large numbers of people, compelling mass migration, interrupting commercial activity, or restricting electricity availability,” the Pentagon reported in 2014.
Global cooling would have caused many of the same problems, according to the C.I.A.’s 1974 report.
“The new climatic era brings a promise of famine and starvation to many areas of the world,” the C.I.A. wrote in its report based on a study by the University of Wisconsin predicting a return to the cooler conditions …
Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Democratic Party candidate for president (and Larry David impersonator), believes that it isn’t radical Islam causing the world wide terrorist threat – it’s climate change.
During Saturday’s Democratic Party debate he said:
In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re gonna see countries all over the world– this is what the C.I.A. says, they’re gonna be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops. And you’re gonna see all kinds of international conflict.
Bernie even doubled-down on Sunday’s Face The Nation:
The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist said on Sunday that the attack on Paris is an early example of this phenomenon playing out.
“Well what happens in, say, Syria… is that when you have drought, when people can’t grow their crops, they’re going to migrate into cities,” Sanders said.
“And when people migrate into cities and they don’t have jobs, there’s going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment, and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now,” he added.
At first glance, Sanders’ claim may bring people relief, since no longer have to worry about radical Islam. But, Bernie is also suggesting the terrorism threat is much larger than originally thought. After all, if climate change is causing Islamists to become terrorists, then how long before it radicalizes people of other faiths?
If Sanders is correct, how long before the Little Sisters of the Poor stop their service to indigent seniors, put on bomb belts and become the “Little Sisters of the big booms?” Using Sanders’ logic, we will soon have young Bar Mitzvah boys running toward concert halls with automatic rifles while their Jewish mothers are behind them screaming “put a sweater on its cold outside.” Will we see the peaceful Dalai Lama showing up in Jerusalem with a knife, stabbing every Israeli he can find?…
NYT’s Paul Krugman: ‘Terrorism can’t and won’t destroy our civilization, but global warming could and might’
Krugman: “Sorry, conservatives: when President Obama describes climate change as the greatest threat we face, he’s exactly right. Terrorism can’t and won’t destroy our civilization, but global warming could and might.”…
Der Spiegel: More Than 1 Million German Households Had Power Shut Off Over Past 3 Years ‘due to rising costs of electricity’ brought on by green energy push
Socially Explosive …More Than 1 Million German Households Had Power Shut Off Over Past Three Years!
The online Spiegel has an article that really drives home the energy hardship that German consumers are suffering under “due to the rising costs of electricity“, brought on by the country’s hasty rush into green energies. Hundreds of thousands of Germans struggling today without electricity. Image cropped from here. It is not only Germany’s power companies who are bleeding to death financially, but so are many private citizens, who are unable to pay for their power. A shocking situation in one of the world’s most technically advanced nations. According to the German flagship news magazine, citing the federal Bundesnetzagentur (German Network Agency), more than 350,000 households saw their power get switched off in 2014. Spiegel blames the “Energiewende” (transition to renewable energy), writing in its sub-title: The social problems of the Energiewende are growing: Last year more households than ever saw their power get switched off. The reason is the rising price of electricity.” Spiegel also provides the figures for the previous years, and they too are horrific. In 2013 close 345,000 households lost their power, and in 2012 it was about 320,000. Over the past three years it all totals to be a whopping 1.025 million households! In a country of 82 million, the figures are socially explosive. Threatened 6.3 million times It’s a glaring paradox of the Energiewende: On the production side, power plants are losing billions of euros because they can no longer even get a modest price for their power, while on the consumer side more and more households are unable to afford the skyrocketing prices brought on by the mandatory infusion of expensive and unstable green energies into the German power grid. The once mighty German power grid now teeters on the brink of crumbling. The situation threatens to get far worse. Spiegel writes that “far more households have problems with their electric bills. According to the Bundesnetzagentur power utilities threatened their customers with power cut-offs 6.3 million times.” Spiegel writes that the price of electricity in Germany has doubled since 2002 in large part because of the renewable energy feed-in surcharge. Private households are the hardest hit; they have to pay some 45% more than the EU average (while German power producers get 30% less than the EU average)! The government-interfered market is grotesquely distorted. Spiegel reports …