Examining the Misguided Hearing Examining DHS’s Misplaced Focus on Climate Change
This morning, the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency in the U.S. House of Representatives will be holding a hearing that the subcommittee chair, Representative Scott Perry, has titled “Examining DHS’s Misplaced Focus on Climate Change“.
While Homeland Security zealots have been busy spreading stories about terrorist threats that don’t exist, these same politicians have opposed dealing with threats that do exist, such as the damage already being caused by climate changed.
Increased sea level is already causing higher risk of flooding for coastal communities. Not just homes, but also national landmarks such as Cape Canaveral and Ellis Island are at risk of going under the waves.
Wildfire seasons are already longer and more costly. Heat waves are already longer and more intense – and are killing more people, as with the heat wave in India that was so hot it killed over a thousand people as it melted asphalt roads.
Extreme weather events are bringing flooding to some areas – but intense, long-lasting drought to others, as with the extreme drought that is currently parching California, straining our nation’s agricultural networks.
These things are real dangers to our national security, and they merit attention. Globally, 400,000 deaths per year are currently attributed to climate change – and climate change is growing worse year by year. Given that the Department of Homeland Security is spending huge amounts of money for airport security to stop terrorists that don’t exist using screening measures that aren’t effective anyway, we need more Homeland Security funds to be redirected towards the climate threat, not less.
Of course, dealing with environmental issues rather than with fears of a Muslim invasion is contrary to the political formulas that have brought politicians like Scott Perry into their positions of power in the first place. For Scott Perry’s congressional campaign in 2014, the oil and gas industry was the second largest source of funding. It’s no wonder that Congressman Perry thinks that efforts to bring the dangerous consumption of fossil fuels under control is “misplaced”.