Intel Agencies Warn on Climate, but Trump Favors Fox & Friends

January 31, 2019

Above, Stephen Colbert recounts how the President ignores the best intelligence professionals in the world, in favor of Fox & Friends..

Inside Climate News:

The nation’s intelligence community warned in its annual assessment of worldwide threats that climate change and other kinds of environmental degradation pose risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.”

Released Tuesday, the Worldwide Threat Assessment prepared by the Director of National Intelligence added to a swelling chorus of scientific and national security voices in pointing out the ways climate change fuels widespread insecurity and erodes America’s ability to respond to it.

“Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security,” said the report, which represents the consensus view among top intelligence officials. “Irreversible damage to ecosystems and habitats will undermine the economic benefits they provide, worsened by air, soil, water, and marine pollution.”

In just the past two weeks, the Pentagon sent a report to Congress describing extreme weather and climate risks to dozens of critical military installations. (House leaders on Wednesday asked for more details, including an assessment of the 10 bases in each service most vulnerable to climate change.) The Government Accountability Office also recommended the State Department resume providing guidance to U.S. diplomats about climate change and migration. Last week, a scientific paper concluded that drought driven by climate change and the subsequent fights over water resources increased the likelihood of armed conflict in the Middle East from 2011–2015, which in turn triggered waves refugees.

The United Nations Security Council also held a discussion on Friday devoted to understanding and responding to how climate change acts as a “threat multiplier” in countries where governance is already fragile and resources are sparse.

Below, Colbert’s condolences to the Vortex-clobbered midwest…

4 Responses to “Intel Agencies Warn on Climate, but Trump Favors Fox & Friends”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Not to worry, in breaking news, Duffel Blog reports that:

    “Nation’s spies enroll in Trump Intel University after president says they should go back to school”

    That should get them back on track—–remember that all Fox Newsies are required to attend the Trump University School of Journalism, and look what that did for them!

  2. realthog Says:

    What I found equally shocking was that the two MSNBC hosts I saw reporting on the Intelligence chiefs’ Senate testimony (Maddow, O’Donnell) mentioned the snubbing of Trump on Iran, N Korea and ISIS but studiously ignored their inclusion of climate change and the environment among the threats to national security. I was puzzled by this until I realized that, in among all the ads for prescription drugs, MSNBC was repeatedly running one from ExxonMobil.

    The paymaster’s always right, hm?

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Yep about the paymasters, but the NBC Nightly News had a fairly lengthy piece on climate change the other night and did a terrific job. There were lots of ads for drugs but no ads from ExxonMobil during that half-hour. Hmmmmm.

      • realthog Says:

        Glad to hear NBC News has been making amends for its decades-long near-silence on the subject. I see that CNN is doing likewise. Probably too little too late, but . . .

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