Monday, December 01, 2008

Obama’s national security adviser: a bad guy on global warming?

As President-elect Obama fills out his national security team, we feel compelled to note that his choice as his national security adviser – retired Marine General Jim Jones – appears to have been a real bad guy on the topic of global warming.

And since global warming is a security threat, this selection raises a real eyebrow. Will Jones be predisposed to compromise the new administration’s environmental agenda, both at home and in the international arena? (One wag quipped to us that in this new role “maybe Jones will be put in a place where he will do less damage.”)

A little background:

Jones has headed up the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Institute for 21st Century Energy”

This group assembled an energy plan that could be summed up in Rudy Giuliani’s colorful words: “Drill, baby, drill!”

Though it gives lip service to increased use of renewable energy, the plan also calls on the new President and Congress to “Immediately Expand Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production…Commit to and Expand Nuclear Energy Use… Commit to the Use of Clean Coal… and Reduce Overly Burdensome Regulations and Opportunities for Frivolous Litigation.”

As we noted earlier , the Chamber plan also includes such odious -- and old -- anti-environmental plans as gutting the Clean Air Act's new source review plan, repealing the big Supreme Court case on global warming and taking away the rights of California and other states to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The Chamber, of course, has been an adamant foe of all efforts to limit global warming pollution. It vehemently opposed the so-called Lieberman-Warner legislation. It has also been flooding the U.S. EPA with the equivalent of regulatory spam in an effort to block efforts to limit emissions through use of the Clean Air Act.

Global warming is, of course, a national security issue.

As a military advisory board for the CNA (Center for Naval Analysis) noted in an earlier report, “climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.”

The military advisers called on the U.S. to commit to a stronger national and international role to "help stabilize climate change at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability.”

Will Jones embrace this advice? Or will he retain allegiance to the dark, anti-environmental agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. Stay tuned.

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