[Marxism] The Apocalypse according to the Pentagon: Is it justabout global warming?

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Sun Feb 22 09:49:02 MST 2004

Fred's scepticism about this report is warranted. Actually, the Observer
article is simply a more sensational recycling of the story which
Fortune magazine reporter David Stipp broke last month, and I think the
Observer account misses the main point of the exercise.

As Fortune reported it, the Pentagon study assumed a "midrange case" of
abrupt global warning, characterized by plunging temperatures in the
Northern hemisphere, droughts, storms, flooding, desperate illegal
migration from poorer regions, border raids, and the possibility of
full-scale warfare between alliances of nuclear-armed states over scarce
food, water and energy supplies.

Note, in particular, the reference to illegal migration, which is really
lies at the heart of the concern indicated by the Pentagon and Fortune.
They are motivated less by scientific concerns, as Fred suspects, than
by national security ones, less by the causes than the effects of an
environmental catastrophe. Stipp is, in fact, quite explicit about
saying climate change should  be treated as a "national security"
concern to protect America's borders and resources. Significantly - and
presuming the reporter is reflecting the views of his editors who
reflect the views of the corporations - there is little emphasis,
despite the apocalyptic scenario, on any preventative environmental
measures, beyond tightening fuel emission standards for new passenger

It would appear the Pentagon planners invited Stipp in for a chat and
leaked the Marshall study to him in a bid for further resources. These
people aren't stupid.

Marv Gandall

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Fred Feldman" <ffeldman at bellatlantic.net>
To: "mxmail" <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2004 10:11 AM
Subject: [Marxism] The Apocalypse according to the Pentagon: Is it
justabout global warming?

> The Pentagon informs us, according to the newspaper summary:
> "Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global
> catastrophe
> costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters..
> A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The
> Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising
> seas
> as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear
> conflict,
> mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the
> world."
> I am not a scientist, and I do not exclude that everything being said
> here about the fairly short-term effects of global warming may be
> The point of qualitative change -- more accurately, another and much
> more serious point of qualitative change -- in environmental
> deterioration may well be upon us.
> But I suspect that the short term catastrophism of the Pentagon team's
> predictions about the consequences of global warming have some other
> sources.  One is the problem of getting through to the President of
> United States. I suspect that some believe that the best way to
> him that global warming is a crisis that can't be ignored is to use
> language of Apocalypse and present global warming as the Antichrist.

> A FULL DISCUSSION IN ITS OWN RIGHT.  But when I see this kind of
> catastrophic vision of the future coming from such a central
> of the US government, I suspect that the motivations cannot be purely
> scientific.  I sense what used to be called, in reference to the
> socialist movement, "the failure of a dream."
> Fred Feldman
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