Trump's Secretary Of Defense Actually Understands Climate Change


mentalfloss
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Trump's Secretary Of Defense Actually Understands Climate Change

Is it saying something when your biggest voice of reason is a guy with the nickname “Mad Dog”? Maybe.

That’s the case at the moment, as Trump’s Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, may just be one of the few people in the current administration that understands climate change.

Mattis was confirmed by the Senate in January, but ProPublica managed to get hold of some unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing. It makes for quite interesting – and somewhat hopeful – reading.

“Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” he wrote in response to one question. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.”

One question posed to him by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked if he thought climate change was a security threat. He replied: “Climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defence must pay attention to potential adverse impacts generated by this phenomenon,” adding that climate change required a “broader, whole-of-government response.”

And he also said: “I agree that the effects of a changing climate – such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others – impact our security situation. I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.”

The comments from Mattis probably won’t be music to Trump’s ears, who has been busy installing a bunch of climate change deniers into the White House. These include the guy who brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to disprove climate change, James Inhofe, and the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, who said he thought carbon dioxide wasn’t the primary cause of global warming – which is pretty much like not believing in gravity.

It might seem odd, but the military has often been a voice of reason when it comes to climate change. After all, some of its effects – such as increasing stresses on water, food, and energy – increase the possibility of national and global issues. In September 2016, various military officials said climate change presents “significant and direct risks” to the United States.

Maybe Trump will listen to Mattis. Or maybe he’ll soon be the former Secretary of Defense. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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Ludlow
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Who cares buttfloss
 
Danbones
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yup, the thing that never stops, ever

climate change
 
petros
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He never mentioned CO2.
 
Twila
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Does trump know this?
 
mentalfloss
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Does Trump know anything?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Does Trump know anything?

How to grab pusssy

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Does trump know this?

I'm sure Trump never heard him mention CO2 either.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Does Trump know anything?

He knows how to stroke your kitty fur backwards.

meow meow meow meow
 
taxslave
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MF seems to be the one person that doesn't understand climate change.
 
petros
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Poor kitty is stuck in a sh-t storm and clawing at the screen door.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

How to grab pusssy


His hands are too small.
 
taxslave
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Better for fisting.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Better for fisting.

What's that?
 
petros
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If you need to ask....
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Better for fisting.

Your tiny anus.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

If you need to ask....

Is this another RC thing?
 
pgs
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The U.S. Navy has been operating in the artic for years , they know first hand the dangers of that ocean .

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Your tiny anus.

Is that a compliment ? maybe it should be in humpday hotties .
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

The U.S. Navy has been operating in the artic for years , they know first hand the dangers of that ocean .
.


... not on it, under it.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

Is this another RC thing?

No remote control. It's hands on or hands in depending on how you look at it.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

What's that?

If you need to ask you are not mature enough to know.
 
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