The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board, a leading government-funded military research organization, issued a major report this week finding that the accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict. Among its findings, the report predicts that an increase in catastrophic weather events around the world will increase the demand for American troops, even as flooding and extreme weather events at home could damage naval ports and military bases. In the latter category is the extreme weather we’re suffering right now here in San Diego — 100 degrees, 5 percent humidity and winds gusting to 50 miles per hour — that is exacerbating the wildfires that can so plague us and is damaging thousands of acres on one of the U.S. military’s largest bases. The picture below is of the San Marcos Fire (one of nearly a dozen burning in San Diego now) taken from my front yard using my phone.
It’s remarkable to me the way so many denialists are willing and seemingly eager to reject science, even to the extent of putting our national security at risk, but don’t reject the benefits of modern science, such as technology and medicine. Those who want to deny science, if they are going to be consistent, need to throw away their cell phones and their prescriptions.
But they won’t.