The report, titled Joint Operating Environment 2008, states that “the impact of global warming and its potential to cause natural disasters and other harmful phenomena such as rising sea levels has become a prominent - and controversial - national and international concern. Some argue that there will be more and greater storms and natural disasters, others that there will be fewer.”Heresy!, cried the high priests:
It adds: “In many respects, scientific conclusions about the causes and potential effects of global warming are contradictory.”
Sharon Burke, a former Pentagon and State Department official who is now a specialist at the Center for a New American Security, said the report was factually “wrong” and “out of line,” saying that there is a wide consensus that human activity, namely the production of greenhouse gases, is responsible for global warming.See, here's the deal. The military community couldn't give a rat's ass why things get hotter or colder, or why the mean sea level might rise or fall, they only care about what they have to plan for in such an eventuality, and Rear Admiral John Richardson of the command says as much in the article:
“We are focused on the implications of climate change. We see what is happening. What is causing it is not in our purview. The commanders have to deal with the effects.”But that's not good enough for the warmies. The military must embrace the putative cause of climate change, no matter how contentious it is.
It's that very defensiveness of the climate change crowd that makes them suspect.