Pentagon Warns Increase In Terrorism Due To Global Warming

Tyler Durden's picture

For the past few weeks we have seen stock markets surge as macro-economic data has collapsed around the world. The 'excuse' given for this apparent dichotomy - weather. But now it seems "weather" is to blame for other problems in the world too. As Russia Today reports, in its latest Quadrennial Defense Review, the US Department of Defense (DoD), stressed threats to global stability and American hegemony posed by climate change warning that that an erratic climate will likely cause increased “terrorist activity,” among other impacts..."The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world...these effects are threat multipliers."


Via Russia Today,

Like the 2006 and 2010 versions, the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) – a report released every four years on US military strategy and the challenges to its global operations – highlights threats, some more predictable than others, that global climate change will present to human civilization.


"The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities," states the 64-page report, published Tuesday.


"Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating."


A warming planet will likely “exacerbate water scarcity and lead to sharp increases in food costs,” the report details, leading to devastated infrastructure and living conditions, especially in poorer regions of the world.


In addition, this fierce “resource competition” will only push the likelihood of additional terror threats, the QDR states.


"The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world,” the report continues.


"These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions – conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence."

Perhaps more ironically, despite identifying climate change as a global menace and an antagonist to American power, the Defense Department does not address its own unrivaled fuel consumption.

According to the Pentagon’s Defense Energy Support Center, the military spent $3.8 billion in 2009 for 31.3 million barrels, or about 1.3 billion gallons, of oil that was consumed at posts, camps, and overseas bases, TomDispatch’s Nick Turse reported in 2010.


Estimates as to how much oil the US military uses per day varies between about 400,000 barrels per day in "peacetime" to around 800,000 barrels each day during the height of the Iraq war.

Bad economic data, blame the weather! Bad earnings, blame the weather! Bad Social Unrest, blame the weather!

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kchrisc's picture


Can there really be any other response?!

Carl Popper's picture

We should simply cut the military budget in half.  Half a million barrels per day is ridiculous.    When I see national guard fly boys overhead in my city I think about all the useful things where those resources could be directed

NidStyles's picture

You mean like actually feeded the hungry kids in the US? I'm sure they would like to have something to eat more than seeing a bunch of weekend assholes rolling around in the trough like the pigs they are. 

theXman's picture

I wonder what caused WWI and WWII. Also did the Cold War have any relationship to Global Warming? Sorry, stupid question.

NidStyles's picture

All wars are fought by state actors against other state actors for tax-bases and resource to keep a tax-base. The state, which is the groundwork for the government, doesn't care who it's tax-base is, so long as the main characters in control of the state's apparatus can leech off of it well enough to remain slothful and wealthy. 


If you threaten the ability of the state to continue functioning in this manner you become the enemy of the state, or a terrorist in other words. 


What caused WW1 and WW2? The answer is simple; Governments/The State did. If you want to end wars, you have to remove the state from power. You have to abolish it totally around the world and move beyond the trap of having governments. 

Humanity will likely need a few generations of social evolution to get to that point, but it has started to happen already. It's just up to each of us in the end to build the world we all want as individuals, where we can live in peace and prosper and move forward in a voluntary manner. The only thing stopping this from happening is ourselves and the people we associate with.  

0b1knob's picture

Global Warming (©® Al Gore/World Government Enterprises).  There is NOTHING it cannot do.

HyBrasilian's picture

So... It's settled... FLAKMEISTER will be here in 5...4...3...2... to explain to us the 'causality' between GLOBAL WARMING & TERRORISM... [Followed by 'VD']...


Tylers... ?

Is there a way I can RENOUNCE my posting privileges on ZH [instead of being 'KICKED OFF' because I made a joke one day about Seth 'Shalom' Gold~Rothlesteinberger?

Winston Churchill's picture

Not even Flak would try to defend that prognostication.

Even paid statist trolls have some limits.

HyBrasilian's picture

Jesus fucking [I'm not a Jew ~ I'm a JUDEAN ~ Christ on a goddamn fucking hillbilly hotplate]...


ZH = 'Entertainment Tonight'... [PS ~ does there happen to be ANYTHING IN COMMON there]?... Not sure [unless you endeavor to QUANTIFY the 'folk' who have been kicked off TWITTER posting privs on ET]...

smithcreek's picture

You would think maybe, if global warming were true just maybe there would one single postive thing that would happen, but apparently you would be wrong.

john39's picture

global warming scammers turn the retard dial to eleven... 

Manthong's picture

Now I know why grandma wears Depends.. it’s climate change.

HyBrasilian's picture

Either that... or HITLER...

knukles's picture

Hitler was caused by global warming, too.
So if you don't do something about Hitler, the world will get too hot.

PT's picture

Well, why didn't they say so earlier?  "They're starving and have no water" is a little bit different to "They hate us for our freedoms", don't you think?

StacksOnStacks's picture

Global Inflation because of 1% asset deflation.

Independent's picture

Silly me and I always thought is was always increasing inline with all the increases in the budget of the pentagon

Anusocracy's picture

And Grandma forgetting to put on her Depends was caused by climate change too.

TeamDepends's picture

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.

HyBrasilian's picture

The church bell rand & it rang 29 times for each man on the EF...


X Yooper's picture

You rang? (Reference to my avatar)

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Don't you mean Lord Masonberger Rockerchild the 9-11th?

And global warming is real. Period.

general ambivalent's picture

Unfortunately the state doesn't just go away by calling it something else, or diffusing its methods into the economy. Humans have learned methods of organisation over 10,000 years, primarily from the state, but also religion, economics, and ideology. The economy is part of an intertwined genealogy, its morals in keeping with the 'good or evil' of the state. With all the economic destruction of the world it should be clear to anyone that it is not just states that cause war.

pcrs's picture

The state has a legal monopoly on the initiation of force. No other organisation has.

general ambivalent's picture

And your point has no bearing on what I said. And it is also false, private security, private militias, Monsanto, economic sanctions, etc.

TheReplacement's picture

It's the people you don't associate with who will gang together and come take what they want from you.  There is no avoiding government.  Quit denying human nature.  We do bad things to others.  It really happens and it is baked in.  We form governments to protect against and limit what might be done to us.  Most of the time we end up putting psychopaths in charge and the whole thing breaks.  It doesn't matter which way you slice it.  We are humans.  The only thing to do is to make better what you have.  Nobody is just going to lay down, die, and stop stomping on your neck.  You have to stand up for yourself and quit bitching about how things would be if we would only evolve.  Get over it.  That dog aint gonna hunt in your life time.  You get what you give.

Edit:  One more retreaded cliche like thingy - For Mother Russia with love.

pcrs's picture

Incorrect, *we* dont form goverments to protect ourselves. A security firm is hired to protect us or our bussines. We can fire it without threats of violence. Goverment borders are lines drawn after battles end. States are tax farms. You can not fire your 'civil servants ' because you are their servant. Someone who claims to protect your property, should not start with a threat for your property, like the mafia it supposedly protects you from.

TuPhat's picture

Hungry kids?  They all get free breakfast and lunch at school.  In some places they get a free meal in the afternoon as well.  If they are hungry they should stop skipping school and go eat.

knukles's picture

Or they could just steal sumptin' like their big bros'

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Surprise: kids are starving who only eat 1 meal a day.

What, are you 2? Can't do math?

BraveSirRobin's picture

Using government dollars to feed hungry kids is hardly the answer. All we need is more government dependence and stealing from the productive. We need to government to leave us alone. Stop the crony capitalism, stop the burdensome regualtion that keeps people from starting businesses and protect the special interests, stop all the missallocation of resources - the bone heads sitting in offices in DC do not know better than us how to spend our money, take care of our kids, do our work, and run our lives. I'd be for cutting the defense budge by 50% if we cut the rest of the monster by 50% too. It's not the Defense Department that drives the agenda, it's all the money flowing through DC that drives the agenda. Everyone is after it, yes defense contractors, but everyone else under the sun, too, like cowboy poets, etc., etc. Stop feeding the monster, period. As yoou starve the best the corruption will subside the an equal degree. It's all the special interests going after all the money in DC that drives a great deal of our onverseas adventures. It's nut just a click of generals and defense contractors. Starve the beast and we will have less want, less waste, and less war. 

BraveSirRobin's picture

Oh, and if I were dictator, I mean president, I would fire every idiot who signed onto, constructed, and endorsed this stupid preport. It would be a good place to start the reductions.

Wait What's picture

"bunch of weekend assholes rolling around in the trough like the pigs they are."

Rear D: "we're soldiers, too!"

DontGive's picture

No way. I heard on the radio teh hungry chilrens, but they say 'murica has plenty of food. It's the deliveribility problem. You know, cause the poor don't know how to get out of the house.

NidStyles's picture

Ohh FFS, now the Pentagon is on the lie...

PT's picture

They hate us for our global warmings ...

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

AGW ... good to know those clown generals have a new enemy to fight.

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TheReplacement's picture

It is officially over.  The fat lady just sang. 

SAT 800's picture

Increase in terrorism expected to be caused by US Dept. of Defense. There fixed that fer ya.

nmewn's picture

Never let a contrived crisis go to

I'm surprised they didn't ask for funding a new cluster bomb that spreads CO2 eating algae on impact and retroffiting tank treads as tree sapling planters ;-)

A Lunatic's picture

What these stupid fuckers do not understand is that a C02 rich environment would be excellent for crops of all kinds. They are using global warming as an excuse for war, inflation, starvation, and all manner of ills that can be more easily attributed to the existence of central banking, corrupt politicians, and and ignorant and apathetic citizenry. How in the fuck can anyone be so fucking stupid in the internet age??

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

It's already killing crops so no, it would not.

A CO2 rich environment kills crops because:

#1 the water is too acidic, carbonic acid

#2 the heat is so high the plants die before being able to consume CO2

#3 the rains are moving because of the warming patterns so you probably won't get enough water at all

Never go full retard. The high CO2 drove American corn brown, dried & burnt into the ground, unharvested, 3 years in a row.

TeamDepends's picture

Full retard, good buddy.

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gatorengineer's picture

I hope the great reset gets here soon.............

holmes's picture

Well we better cut the Pentagon budget in 1/2 and give the money to Obozo's buds in the green energy scam business.

Problem solved.