The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Environmentalism, Pentagon style

Mar 29, 2004

Before the Bush administration published the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) report on the environment, it censored the section on the risk of global warming. Bush's "experts" removed such statements as "Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment" from the report.

Other "experts" in the Bush administration, namely at the Department of Defense, disagree. In agreement with many scientists, a recent Pentagon report asserts that we are already seeing the warning signs of a major climate change: Extensive melting of polar ice, caused by global warming, has started to slow down large-scale ocean circulation. One theory postulates that this circulation could collapse, making weather in the northern hemisphere much colder, and natural disasters such as floods and droughts much more catastrophic. This, in turn, could cause severe disruption of agriculture, massive migration, and catastrophic wars over diminishing resources. The Pentagon report concludes that such climate change could happen within 20 years.

Are the Pentagon's "hawks" mellowing out, turning into environmentalists? Well, not quite. Guess what the report's conclusion is? We'll need a bigger military, with a bigger budget, to control the social disruption.

No wonder this report was the brainchild of Andrew Marshall, a veteran adviser and a favorite of Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld. Marshall is famous for proposing expensive defense projects in the name of "national security," such as a ballistic-missile defense pushed by Rumsfeld in recent years.

These Pentagon "experts" certainly know how to take advantage of any issue for their own purposes, even if it means exposing the lies of their own boss, the president of the United States.