One way to honor the sacrifice of veterans

resource_wars_cover.jpgWork as hard as possible to make sure we don’t leave a world of wars to our children.

That means finally ending our addiction to oil, a source — if not the source — of two recent wars. And that also means avoiding centuries of strife and conflict from catastrophic climate change. As reported in September:

An intelligence forecast being prepared for the next president on future global risks envisions a steady decline in U.S. dominance in the coming decades, as the world is reshaped by globalization, battered by climate change, and destabilized by regional upheavals over shortages of food, water and energy.

The world beyond 450 ppm atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the world that crosses carbon cycle tipping points that quickly take us to 1000 ppm, is a world not merely of endless regional resource wars around the globe. It is a world with dozens of Darfurs. It is a world of a hundred Katrinas, of countless environmental refugees — at least a hundred million by the second half of this century and more than a billion by the next century — all clamoring to occupy the parts of the developed world that aren’t flooded or desertified.

In such a world, everyone will ultimately become a veteran, and Veteran’s Day itself will fade into obscurity, as people forget about a time when wars were the exception, a time when soldiers were but a small minority of the population.

The time to act is January 20, 2009.

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3 Responses to One way to honor the sacrifice of veterans

  1. I agree. “Resource Wars” is a book I thought about several times today as I reflected on the sacrifice of our veterans. Let us work to prevent the futures Mr. Klare outlined in his book. We can.

  2. paulm says:

    Did you read this right! Yes…

    IEA calls for a dramatic shift towards “greener”

    Like the commission, the IEA calls for a dramatic shift towards “greener” energy to prevent global warming, saying that, on unchanged policies, the average temperature will rise 6°C by the end of the century. That is triple the maximum increase sought by the EU in its climate change policies.
    In its most ambitious scenario for cutting emissions and limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C, it says hundreds of millions of homes and businesses will have to change the way they use energy.

  3. jorleh says:

    Oil in hands of Saudis, Iraq, Iran, Russia etc. Looks like the U.S. must think some tricks or …