Talking Points when addressing Senator Brown
Energy and physical security
1. Top ranking retired U.S. military officers have coauthored a report entitled “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change.” In it they call global warming a “threat multiplier” — likely leading to more failed nations, the breeding grounds of terrorists and extremists.
2. The Pentagon has issued a report stating that climate change, energy security, and regional economic stability are linked.
3. Economic and environmental pressures of climate change are likely to push fragile nations over the edge, leading to more wars, refugees, and humanitarian crises.
4. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities
5.Our military is studying energy efficiency due to the high costs and security concerns of delivering fuels to the battlefields.
6.Climate change will have significant geopolitical impacts, including food and water shortages, the spread of diseases, and environmental devastation.
Opportunities/competition worldwide for green energy technologies
1. China, India, and the EU are making serious investments in clean energy technology, and unless we ramp up, we’ll loose out.
2. If Congress creates expected incentives for research on clean energy, it is forecasted to create 1.9 million new jobs by 2020.
3. It would be a terrible mistake for the future of our children to shortchange them by failing to invest in areas that will determine our economic success in the 21st century.
1. We are consuming two million years of accumulated fossil fuels formation in just two hundred years. Worldwide production is beginning to decline, just as the need for fossil fuels in developing countries rises. We need to begin now to transition away from fossil
fuels for our energy needs.
2. We should be using the fossil fuels now available to help us to transition to new energy sources, as well as save existing fossil fuels for raw materials for the petrochemical and pharmaceutical businesses, and for agricultural fertilizers.
For more information, see: http://climateprogress.org/2009/08/03/eia-faith-birol-peak-oil/
The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed science confirms that rapid man-made climate change is real. Our government (under the former administration) spent billions of taxpayer dollars to study climate change, and concluded that it’s real, serious, and happening now. These reports can be viewed at www.globalchange.gov