Obama encourages foolish, but liberal, behavior.
All Pentagon operations in the U.S. and abroad are threatened by climate change, according to a Defense Department official.
“The effects of the changing climate affect the full range of Department activities, including plans, operations, training, infrastructure, acquisition, and longer-term investments,” Daniel Chiu, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for strategy and force development, told senators at a hearing on Tuesday.
“By taking a proactive, flexible approach to assessment, analysis, and adaptation, the Department can keep pace with the impacts of changing climate patterns, minimize effects on the Department, and continue to protect our national security interests,” Chiu added.
Chiu testified before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the implications of energy and climate change policies.
Given the perceived threats, Chiu said climate change is playing a key role in international efforts.
“We plan to more fully integrate the impacts of climate change into our humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and other exercise plans,” Chiu said.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) ranking member on the subcommittee, challenged the notion that climate change issues must play a key role abroad.
Barrasso railed against the Obama administration’s international climate change programs from 2010 to 2012, which he said cost the U.S. taxpayer $7.5 billion that should have been spent on fighting terrorism and aggression in the Middle East or Eastern Europe.
Now this guy Chiu is a brilliant, well educated, well experienced human being. He is pushing an agenda that fits his boss’s agenda and may suit what will become his private sector employer, since that is where he came from. Y’know, that military/industrial complex Ike warned us about! Chiu worked for a corporation which is part of this corporation.
SAIC (formerly Science Applications International Corporation) is headquartered in McLean, VA, and is a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company working in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company’s approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. SAIC had annual revenue of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009.
SAIC’s national security efforts reach across all branches of the military and support the full spectrum of military operations — from peace keeping and humanitarian missions to major conflicts. SAIC also helps the U.S. Department of Defense, the FBI, and the intelligence agencies combat terrorism, cybercrime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. SAIC’s Policy and Analysis Consulting practice, in support of DOD and DOE, was founded as Hicks & Associates in 1986 by Donald A. Hicks, former Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In 1991, Hicks & Associates became a part of SAIC.
Long story short the question is “Who are these guys?” and “Why are they so hooked into our government?” and of course “Why are their people in our government?”
And worse, if these guys are really well read, well research and so depended upon, why are they pushing an agenda that has been proven to be false?
Of course the answer is money, BIG money. And the guy who thinks this is a good idea is in charge.
The U.S. military is making a big push to transition multiple branches of the armed services to biofuels for use in various vehicle types. The United States Navy has been testing the use of biofuel in its ships, the Army tests biofuels for its ground vehicles, and the United States Air Force tests biofuels for its aircraft. The goal is to wean the U.S. military off petroleum as much as possible.
Uh…what? We are told we are broke, and our administration wants to pay four times the market cost for a fuel that our billion dollar planes need to stay airborne. (Can you imagine if one falls out of the sky because the fuel is unusable?!)
Is it me, or is this just stupid. Or just another payoff to an industry that would go under in a day if the government didn’t subsidize it- to the tune of four times the normal rate.