A previously suppressed secret Pentagon report released by The Guardian contained some truly scary expert predictions that global climate change would destroy us all by last week.
That was back in 2004 when U.S. Department of Defense officials warned that major European cities would sink beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a "Siberian" climate by 2020.
Those rising sea levels would create major upheaval for millions by as early as 2005.
The document predicted that the abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries developed a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies.
Some experts who were privy to the contents concluded that the resultant threat to global stability would vastly eclipse that of terrorism. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting would erupt across the world.
Disruption and conflict would be endemic features of human life.
Key report authors Peter Schwartz, a CIA consultant, and Doug Randall of the California-based Global Business Network, exhorted that the planet is already carrying a higher population than it can sustain.
By 2020 "catastrophic" shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war.
Randall stated that it was already possibly too late to prevent a disaster from happening:
"We don't know exactly where we are in the process. It could start tomorrow and we would not know for another five years."
The report based its assessments in part upon "an abrupt climate change scenario patterned after a 100-year event that occurred about 8,200 years ago." That being the case, it would predate any possible human-caused influences of the Industrial Revolution by eight millennia, and Henry Ford’s carbon contributions by still another century.
The report admitted that the risk of such abrupt climate change is "uncertain and quite possibly small." Nevertheless, due to the potentially dire consequences, “it should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a U.S. national security concern.”
The assessment had been commissioned by influential Pentagon defense advisor Andrew Marshall who was bent upon transforming American military policy under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Its release was transparently intended to humiliate then-President George W. Bush in connection with charges by a former Clinton EPA whistleblower that the administration was "burying the threat of climate change."
The political game plan was to pressure the Bush White House to commit the U.S. to sign on to global climate treaties advocated by American and European environmental activist groups and anti-fossil energy lobbies.
Sir David King, Tony Blair's chief scientific adviser at the time, had publicly branded the President Bush’s position on climate issues as "indefensible."
Other Euro politicos quickly jumped on the alarmist hydrocarbon ban wagon.
Sir John Houghton, former chief executive of the Meteorological Office (the Met Office) — and the first senior figure to liken the threat of climate change to that of terrorism - said, "If the Pentagon is sending out that sort of message, then this is an important document indeed."
Prof. John Schellnhuber, former chief environmental adviser to the German government and head of the U.K.'s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research advocated that the Pentagon's internal fears should constitute a "tipping point" in persuading Bush to accept climatic change.
Bob Watson, chief scientist for the World Bank and former chair of the purportedly all-knowing U.N.’s IPCC strategized that the Pentagon-commissioned report could afford a vital advantage to then-Democratic frontrunner John Kerry’s upcoming 2004 presidential campaign against Bush.
Later, as the Obama administration’s Secretary of State, Kerry famously ranked climate change among the world's most serious problems as "the greatest challenge of our generation."
Watson surmised, "It's going be hard to blow off this sort of document. Its hugely embarrassing. After all, Bush's single highest priority is national defense . . . If climate change is a threat to national security and the economy, then he has to act."
Yes, as it turned out, that report truly does warrant embarrassment. Here’s what it forecast would occur by 2020:
- Droughts would persist over an entire decade in critical agricultural regions and in the areas around major population centers in Europe and eastern North America.
- Average annual temperatures would drop by up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit over Asia and North America, and rise up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit in Europe.
- Temperatures would increase by up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit in key areas throughout Australia, South America, and southern Africa.
- Winter storms and winds would intensify, amplifying the impact of the changes. Western Europe and the North Pacific would face enhanced westerly winds.
None of these things happened. Not a single one.
So let’s greet the New Year’s uncertain arrival with grateful relief.
Even Green New Deal proponents seem to agree that planet-ending climate Armageddon has been postponed for at least 12 more years.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of several books, including “The Weaponization of AI and the Internet: How Global Networks of Infotech Overlords are Expanding Their Control Over Our Lives” (2019), "Reinventing Ourselves: How Technology is Rapidly and Radically Transforming Humanity" (2019), "Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations" (2018), "Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: One Hundred Reasons to be Enthusiastic, Grateful and Hopeful” (2017), "Cosmic Musings: Contemplating Life Beyond Self" (2016), "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2011). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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