Photograph: Left to right: Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore, all of whom have claimed climate change is as deadly as radical Islamic terrorists.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more, than the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups. – Associated Press, 7/22/16
President Barack Obama doubled-down on arguments that global warming is the greatest national security threat facing America, arguing global warming causes the rise of “dangerous” ideologies. – The Daily Caller, 12/4/2015
Just days after an Afghan-born Muslim American set off or attempted to detonate homemade pipe and pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, 2016, Barack Obama decided it was a good time to sign a new executive order.
However, the EO isn’t about ISIS or homegrown Islamic terrorism. It directs all major U.S. security agencies and all branches of the dwindling military to take into account the dangers of climate change when they are developing national security policy and planning:
“President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans,” the White House said. “To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.”
White House also told reporters that the presidential memo will “prioritize climate threats” to identify the most significant risks to the nation’s security and climate change would be integrated into U.S. national security policies and protocols.
According to critics of this latest Obama action, the outgoing President has turned the White House Situation Room or “war room” into the “warm room” where he is supposed to meet with national security and military commanders to confront actual threats to the United States and the American people.
“If Obama would pay attention of the nation’s security, including the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, then global warming would be the furthest thing from his mind and an EO like this would be remain unsigned and gathering dust on his Oval Office desk,” said Patrick Neallon, a former counter-terrorism task force member.
According to Obama’s actual Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security:
“Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad. Climate change and its associated impacts affect economic prosperity, public health and safety, and international stability.
“Extended drought, more frequent and severe weather events, heat waves, warming and acidifying ocean waters, catastrophic wildfires, and rising sea levels all have compounding effects on people’s health and well-being. Flooding and water scarcity can negatively affect food and energy production.
“Energy infrastructure, essential for supporting other key sectors, is already vulnerable to extreme weather and may be further compromised. Impacts of a changing climate can create conditions that promote pest outbreaks and the spread of invasive species as well as plant, animal, and human disease, including emerging infectious disease, and these can further undermine economic growth and livelihoods. Impacts can also disrupt transportation service, cutting off vulnerable communities from relief immediately after events and reducing economic output.
“These conditions, in turn, can stress some countries’ ability to provide the conditions necessary for human security. All of these effects can lead to population migration within and across international borders, spur crises, and amplify or accelerate conflict in countries or regions already facing instability and fragility.”