Republicans seek to push ludicrous climate change threat multiplier off national security agenda [Video]

Well, the Republican proposal may be dead on arrival, but pushing this load of horse manure off the agenda is definitely the right thing to do. Anyone who believes in this global warming propaganda, is in need of therapy and an infusion of brain cells. It’s been disproven six ways to Sunday. The earth’s climate runs in cycles which depend on many factors, chief among them is volcanic activity. So, get a grip. And weather has no more effect on war than it has had over millennia. Saying that it has contributed to the rise of ISIS is specious and frankly, moronic. Throwing money at climate change as a threat multiplier is a waste of money and it only advances an elitist agenda that has to do with making the elite wealthier and more powerful.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, conducts a news
conference to introduce the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution on March 17, 2015.

From Mashable:

House Republicans are seeking to cut funds from the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) budgets that are directed at researching the national security implications of climate change.

In a sweeping budget proposal rolled out on Tuesday, which presents the yin to the Obama administration’s yang when it comes to spending priorities, lawmakers identified national security-related climate change research as a key area to eliminate “wasteful” spending.

“The Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, two of the most important agencies in our national security apparatus, currently spend part of their budget studying climate change,” a House Budget Committee document states.

For years, including under the George W. Bush administration, the Defense Department and intelligence community have assessed the potential for climate change to act as a threat multiplier, particularly in areas that have preexisting sources of tension.

The Republican proposal, put forward by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia, comes soon after a study found that global warming likely amplified a drought in Syria that preceded the devastating civil war in that country. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that climate change was likely one of the many factors that contributed to the deadly conflict, which has displaced millions and killed at least 200,000.

The Syrian civil war has helped give rise to the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, which the U.S. and its allies are now fighting with almost daily airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

The study also found that much of the eastern Mediterranean, including Syria, parts of Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan — no bastions of stability today — may face an even more tenuous security situation in the coming decades as global warming increases temperatures and reduces rainfall throughout much of the region.

According to the recent study and others, global warming — along with unsustainable water use — is causing the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture and animal herding first began 12,000 years ago, to lose its fertility. This could make other countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Iran less stable in the coming decades if governments do not take action to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.

The Pentagon produced a climate change “road map” in 2014 that laid out the case for viewing global warming impacts as a threat multiplier and, in some cases, as an immediate threat.

The Pentagon is concerned, for example, that sea level rise could flood its largest naval bases, such as the massive installations in Norfolk, Virginia, and make it more challenging to operate in already hot and dry places that could become more expensive to operate in, like the American Southwest.

“In our defense strategy, we refer to climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today — from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts,” said then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel when the report was released in October.

“A changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions.”


Meanwhile, climate spending in other areas of the government is being viewed skeptically in the Senate, where, for example, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized NASA administrator Charles Bolden for his agency’s Earth science programs. Cruz is in favor of moving NASA to focus more closely on deep space exploration, even though Earth science has long been a cornerstone of that agency’s mission.

Like the Obama administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, the House Republicans’ plan is essentially dead on arrival, since after passing the House it would need to garner Senate support and avoid a Presidential veto, despite containing a “complete repeal” of Obamacare.

Instead, it can be looked at as a way for politicians to lay out their priorities. Other areas the Republican Budget Committee proposal would target for cuts include anti-poverty programs, food aid and housing assistance.

Ted Cruz is right as usual… NASA is an agency whose primary focus should be space exploration. Not Earth science… not improving the morale of Muslims. Yes, it can be looked at as a way for politicians to support and lay out priorities – the Leftest agenda has already bankrupted us and they insanely keep throwing money at it we don’t have. Many Republicans do the same, but the sane ones like Cruz want to reduce spending and focus on priorities. I especially love the last line where the writer insinuates that Republicans want to take food and housing from the poor. What they want is to make them self-sufficient, get them jobs and off entitlement programs. The Marxists want the opposite of that and climate change as a national security threat – it’s the nuttiest conclusion I have ever heard from them and that’s saying a lot.

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