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All Hell Breaking Loose

The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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All Hell Breaking Loose is an eye-opening examination of climate change from the perspective of the US military.

The Pentagon, unsentimental and politically conservative, might not seem likely to be worried about climate change - still linked, for many people, with polar bears and coral reefs. Yet, of all the major institutions in American society, none take climate change as seriously as the US military. Both as participants in climate-triggered conflicts abroad and as first responders to hurricanes and other disasters on American soil, the armed services are already confronting the impacts of global warming. The military now regards climate change as one of the top threats to American national security - and is busy developing strategies to cope with it.

Drawing on previously obscure reports and government documents, renowned security expert Michael Klare shows that the US military sees the climate threat as imperiling the country on several fronts at once. Droughts and food shortages are stoking conflicts in ethnically divided nations, with "climate refugees" producing worldwide havoc. Pandemics and other humanitarian disasters will increasingly require extensive military involvement. The melting Arctic is creating new seaways to defend. And rising seas threaten American cities and military bases themselves.

While others still debate the causes of global warming, the Pentagon is intensely focused on its effects. Its response makes it clear that where it counts, the immense impact of climate change is not in doubt.

©2019 Michael T. Klare (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Our biggest danger

In a comprehensive accounting of the US military's preparations for the worsening effects of climate change, I actually found some comfort. Despite the fact that US policy is in the hands of The Popular Vote Loser, Trump, I am relieved to learn that our military understands what is coming and is preparing both to cope with that and to lessen its own carbon footprint. So there actually are some adults in the room. How ridiculous it is that these military good guys have to avoid talking about the truth, so that Cadet Bone Spurs won't have a tantrum, or more likely, probably announce that he will run the armed forces without any of these experts.

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