Washed-up 2016 presidential contender Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that President Obama is almost as delusional as she was when she claimed she watched a video featuring “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'” when the President insisted that climate change is our greatest national security threat.
“It is delusional for President Obama and Hillary Clinton and anyone else to say that climate change is our near-term most severe security threat,” the failed former Hewlett-Packard CEO told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace. “It is ISIS, period, followed closely by Iran and perhaps Russia.”
Well, we could listen to someone who can’t manage a company effectively, yet somehow thinks she has the necessary skills to be President — or we can see what actual experts on the matter have to say. A new Pentagon report says that climate change is an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.” The report says that, alongside “increased natural disasters” that will force U.S. troops to combat bad weather, there are other issues that could be detrimental to our security:
“Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries.”
“Climate change will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,” the report reads. “Weather has always affected military operations, and as the climate changes, the way we execute operations may be altered or constrained.”
Fiorina herself is a complete dunce when it comes to climate change, ISIS, Planned Parenthood, and anything that isn’t jingly and shiny. Former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, however, isn’t — and he said in 2013 that ” the most likely thing that is going to happen” as a result of climate change is that it will “cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’
“We have interjected into our multilateral dialogue – even with China and India – the imperative to kind of get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact these massive populations,” he said. “If it goes bad, you could have hundreds of thousands or millions of people displaced and then security will start to crumble pretty quickly.’’
In fact, we are seeing this already in a place that might be important to Fiorina — a recent peer-reviewed study revealed that drought, which is occurring largely because of climate change, as one of the drivers in the Syrian conflict.
“There is evidence that the 2007−2010 drought contributed to the conflict in Syria,” an overview of the study says.”We conclude that human influences on the climate system are implicated in the current Syrian conflict.”
“While we’re not saying the drought caused the war,” the study’s lead author Colin Kelley told ThinkProgress . “We are saying that it certainly contributed to other factors — agricultural collapse and mass migration among them — that caused the uprising.”
Despite that fighting climate change is literally fighting ISIS, Fiorina is not convinced on a number of levels: that climate change is real, that it is manmade, or that the United States’ efforts will be effective.
“If you read the fine print of the science, what the scientists tell us, all those scientists who say climate change is real and manmade, they also tell us that a single nation acting alone will make no difference at all, that it would take a concerted global effort over 30 years costing trillions of dollars,” she said regarding an upcoming climate conference in Paris. “I think the likelihood is near zero. So no, I don’t think [the Paris climate conference] is very productive.”
Of course, the entire point of the conference is to develop a global effort to combat climate change, but it is unlikely that Fiorina will care. After all, if the “Planned Parenthood” controversy she started — one that led to the deaths of three people on Black Friday — is any indicator, Fiorina isn’t too concerned with the facts or the casualties that result from her idiocy.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.