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Sec. Hagel: Climate Change and Realizing the Asia-Pacific Rebalance


Those who follow this blog already know that the military leadership has recognized Climate Change as one of the greatest threats against western civilization since the Black Death was sweeping across western Asia and Europe. I am very hopeful to see that Secretary Hagel continues to acknowledge this threat and I look forward to more effort from the world’s military establishment to address and prepare for the problems that are coming.

Originally posted on The Center for Climate & Security:

130529-D-BW835-174 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is currently in the middle of a tour meeting with 13 defense ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region. Part of the message he will be bringing with him involves the role that climate change plays in the security of the region. Just yesterday, military and defense leaders from our Advisory Board applauded Sec. Hagel for his attention to climate change at the ASEAN defense ministers meeting.

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Too important to ignore!


To my family, friends, friends of my friends, and anyone else who feels like they have a stake in their own future, please read and watch this.

The IPCC, a part of the UN created specifically to provide science and policy to the entire world, has just released Working Group II’s report on the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability from Climate Change. The IPCC was set up in 1988, with full endorsement from Presidents Reagan and Bush (no, not W). The term Climate Change was felt to be more accurate than Global Warming, in spite of the push from the press. No, it’s not something that ‘them damned liberals’ invented because there was no Global Warming.

Having learned their lesson from the last 4 Assessment Reports, Working Group II has revised their reporting format to make things easier for non-specialists to understand. One of those improvements is a video designed to be seen by anyone who has access to a computer.

Please take time to watch the video, it’s about 12 minutes and it’s worth 12 minutes of your time, somewhere in the immediate future, to understand what is confronting us, and our children.

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You See Where this is Going, Right?


One would tend to think this is an ideal solution for financial conservatives, and I don’t see where social conservatives should object.

Any way we could find a way to explain that to our Congress critters?


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Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

If Financial Times Gets It, Maybe Anyone Can

Financial Times:

Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley billionaire, is the man behind the PayPal online payments system, the Tesla luxury electric sports car and SpaceX, the commercial space travel company.

But Mr Musk is also chairman of SolarCity, the biggest installer of residential solar systems in the US, and it has just launched an eye-catching combination of his sprawling interests: battery packs for Tesla cars that store electricity from solar panels.
SolarCity’s battery system is not a widely affordable answer yet, analysts say, but it could still help advance important shifts in the way energy is used.

The system is being rolled out first to businesses because it is aimed at cutting a growing energy cost: the charges that utilities impose, not just for the amount of electricity a company uses, but for the level of power it needs…

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