The Gross Misjudgments of Our Current Leaders on Climate and National SecurityAlan Carlin | November 14, 2015
Both President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry have displayed an amazing lack of judgment by repeatedly saying or at least strongly implying that a non-problem that government can do little or nothing about in the way proposed (“climate change”) is more important than the most urgent national security threats the US and the Western world face (ISIS and Russian aggression in Eastern Europe). They urge that tens of trillions of dollars if not more be spent to remake the world’s energy generation and distribution system on the highly dubious hypothesis that this will reduce global warming, climate change, or extreme weather, or whatever term they think will currently sell the best, and shy away from any serious responses to these two major national security threats. Although Hillary Clinton has been a little more circumspect in her statements on this topic, she appears to agree since she was long the chief architect of Obama’s foreign policy and advocates spending even more on climate.
How wrong they have been has once again been shown by the Paris terrorist attacks in the very city where their “all important” UN climate COP21 is to be held in two weeks. One has to ask whether it is even wise to hold such a major gathering in a city where security is so doubtful? The most fundamental responsibility of government is to protect the security of its citizens, not gamble limited government resources on dubious if not disproven scientific hypotheses. Governments that repeatedly fail to provide security have no business squandering precious resources on minor if not imaginary problems like climate.