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U.S. Generals Turn Green

April 16, 2007 02:09 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Climate change is a serious security risk, say retired generals, including an ex-army chief of staff and a former commander of U.S. Central Command.

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A report written by 11 retired 3- and 4-star generals calls on the White House to do more to combat climate change.

The authors’ concern is that a rapidly warming environment will create threats to national security. They foresee conflicts over water resources, increased instability resulting from rising seas, and massive migrations of refugees.

Former Army Chief of Staff Gordon Sullivan and former Middle East peace envoy Anthony Zinni were among the contributors to the report.

A national security think-tank, the CNA Corporation, brought the authors together and provided the scientific advice that they required to write “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change.”

According to the International Herald Tribune, the report makes a “veiled reference to Bush’s refusal to join an international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” The section of the CNA document referred to calls on the United States to “become a more constructive partner with other nations to fight global warming and cope with its consequences.”

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