Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on June 6, 2008
It sounds like the plot of a terrifying disaster movie. But, according to The Observer, it’s real. And it’s coming.
A classified report unearthed in 2004 suggested that in less than 20 years, global warming will sink major European cities under water and bring about nuclear wars, famine, droughts and global rioting as desperate people search (and fight for) what little food, water and energy remains.
And the mass anarchy that will ensue will make modern terrorism seem tame, said the report.
A Pentagon analysis of the document at the time concluded that “Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life. Once again, warfare would define human life.”
Scary stuff. Especially for the current U.S. administration, which has “repeatedly denied that climate change even exists,” according to The Observer article. Little effect seems to have been had, despite “the Bush administration [coming] under heavy fire from a large body of respected scientists who claimed that it cherry-picked science to suit its policy agenda and suppressed studies that it did not like. Jeremy Symons, a former whistleblower at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that suppression of the report for four months was a further example of the White House trying to bury the threat of climate change.”
The authors of the report say it’s time for U.S. politicians to stop debating the threats of global warming and elevate it to a concern of national security. But will President Bush respond in his last year in office? Some fear no.
“You’ve got a President who says global warming is a hoax, and across the Potomac river you’ve got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars. It’s pretty scary when Bush starts to ignore his own government on this issue,” said Rob Gueterbock of Greenpeace (quoted by The Observer).
If there is a light at the end of this tunnel of mass hysteria, it’s the knowledge that U.S. citizens have some power in choosing the next administration. Which makes this year’s presidential race all the more crucial.
Vote wisely, everybody.