Friday, October 4, 2013

Fossil Fuel Army Versus the Planet: Battle Lines Are Drawn on Climate Change

From Truth Out:

By Lou Miller
Thursday, 03 October 2013

As the consequences of climate change become more apparent and the window to act closes, an unprecedented battle is growing in ferocity. Energy and fossil fuel interests and their supporters now face opponents including a sizable chunk of the remaining world power brokers.
Those who keep claiming that climate change is a "hoax" need to become aware that the conspiracy they describe is growing in strength and numbers. Only a concerted effort - more than a Murdoch media blitz or a House Committee hearing - will be sufficient to defeat the growing consensus. Just consider:

While the over 97% of climate scientists who have concluded that human greenhouse gas emissions are warming our planet are vulnerable to attacks and threats, other groups will not be as easily intimidated.

The Pentagon is a formidable opponent that's reconfiguring its global presence to take climate change into account. All too many of its generals and admirals are cautioning us about the national security implications of a warmer planet. They refer to climate change as a "threat multiplier" and "accelerant of instability" - not good news for those who've relegated it to the status of a hoax.

Defense's posture is supported by our State Department and all sixteen agencies of our Intelligence Community. NATO, the UK, Germany and Australia have, for years, integrated the threats posed by global warming into their military planning and deployment.

To military power, add money. The financial community poses an even greater threat to those who still cling to the idea that climate change is a hoax. For instance, for decades the largest reinsurance companies like Lloyds of London, Allianz and Munich Re - those responsible for backing up the companies that insure us against extreme weather events - have been taking climate change seriously.
PwC, the world's largest professional services firm, has concluded that "the level of corporate reduction [of greenhouse gas emissions] is nowhere near what is required" and calls for a"rapid uptake of renewable energy, sharp falls in fossil fuel use or massive deployment of carbon capture and storage, removal of industrial emissions and halting deforestation."

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