via Washington Times.
To four-star generals and admirals, among them the regional combatant commanders who plan and fight the nation’s wars, the directive tells them: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning.”I would like to say I'm surprised but I'm not. This is the flailing of people that realize that they're in the last year of power and want to make as many changes as possible for a legacy and to hopefully (in their opinion) make it stick for future administrations.
The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that global warming is the country’s foremost national security threat, or close to it. Mr. Obama says there is no debate on the existence of man-made global warming and its ensuing climate change. Supporters of this viewpoint label as “deniers” any scientists who disagree.
But there are stubborn doubters. A climate center in Colorado has said its researchers looked at decades of weather reports and concluded there has been no uptick in storms. The United Nations came to a similar finding, saying there is not enough evidence to confirm an increase in droughts and floods.
The funny thing? I have no problem with not hearing pushback from the service chiefs. I mean why? This is an order without meaning. It will have no real bearing on military activities and is stupid in a handbag. How do you incorporate climate change impacts into a military action?
The real problem is that civilian leadership in the Pentagon is anything but serious. We don't have to worry about the silliness of announcements like this that are designed to pump up the tree hugging portion of their base. What we need to worry about is the real damage that can be done in this last year.
Hang on! It's gonna be a bumpy ride and since the Republican controlled Congress has shown an inability to be a check on the executive then we can expect more of this. Much more.