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Panetta: Hybrid Warships Solution to 'National Security Threat' of Global Warming

Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:38 PM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes that global warming is a national security threat, and he’s pushing for a entire new fleet of costly “hybrid” planes and battleships to save the planet.

"The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security," Panetta told the Environmental Defense Fund Wednesday night in Washington, according to the Washington Examiner.

"Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief."

Panetta then outlined the steps that the Obama administration is taking with taxpayer dollars.

“In the next fiscal year, we are going to be investing more than a billion dollars in more efficient aircraft and aircraft engines, in hybrid electric drives for our ships, in improved generators, in microgrids for combat bases and combat vehicle energy-efficient programs,” he said. “We are investing another billion dollars to make our installations here at home more energy-efficient, and we are using them as the test bed to demonstrate next-generation energy technologies.”

But the Examiner pointed out that much of the science driving this costly effort has recently been found to be quite flawed. Specifically, Examiner Columnist Mona Charen's has pointed out how symbols of global warming aren't working out the way environmentalists predicted.

The United Nations climate change panel "admitted that the melting Himalayas prediction was not based on science but on a 1999 media interview given by one scientist," Charen has reported. She also pointed out that one study, based on satellite imagery, has shown that some melting of lower altitude glaciers is taking place but that higher glaciers have been adding ice."

The Defense Department spent about $15 billion on fuel for military operations last year. In Afghanistan alone, the Pentagon uses more than 50 million gallons of fuel each month on average.


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