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Sun Nov 20, 2016, 08:11 PM

Climate change is a serious threat, Pentagon says as it shores up vulnerable sites

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President-elect Donald Trump has described global warming as a hoax, and Republicans in Congress who reject science showing that greenhouse gases have warmed the planet have blocked funding to help the Pentagon assess the damage and plan for the future.

The House voted in June to bar the Defense Department from spending money to evaluate how climate change would affect military training, combat, weapons purchases and other needs.

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But the debate is settled at the Pentagon. Rising sea levels and temperatures have forced it to rebuild or move roads, housing, airfields and other vulnerable facilities damaged by mudslides in Hawaii, floods in Virginia, drought in California and thawing permafrost in Alaska.

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The Pentagon doesn’t say that climate change alone will cause wars. But the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Defense Department’s major planning plan for the next four years, calls it an “accelerant of instability” and a “threat multiplier.”

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femmedem Nov 2016 #1

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Mon Nov 21, 2016, 10:54 AM

1. Since Republicans tend to be more respectful of authority than Democrats

and since they tend to respect military authority, military leaders are probably our best bet for changing minds in the Trump administration.

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