"The Defense Department already is observing the impacts of climate change in shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States, the Arctic, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America."
"DoD recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to U.S. interests globally. The National Security Strategy, issued in February 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water. These impacts are already occurring, and the scope, scale, and intensity of these impacts are projected to increase over time." -U.S. Department of Defense Report on Security Implications of Climate Change
"We have money to fight climate change. It's just that we're spending it on defense."
"Stopping one fighter plane program would save enough to build wind farms to power 320,000 homes. We need to drastically reassess our priorities." Story
Climate change is the greatest national security threat, recently pointed out by Senator Bernie Sanders. "CIA analysts and our nation’s military strategists are rightfully naming climate change as a contributor to refugee flows, the spread of disease, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water. Our nation’s defense officials know global warming's destructive forces could undermine fragile governments in unstable regions of the world where extremist ideologies can take root." -Kenneth Pennington, The Guardian
Global security is already showing widespread troubles from climate change. In 2014 alone, 17.5 million people were displaced by climate-related disasters, far exceeding any other global or national security threat. Yet, we're spending 28 times as much on military security than climate security. Institute of Policy Studies | Guardian
"As many as 10,000 people perished in the Chicago heat wave of 1988."
"The record heatwave in Europe in 2003 took a toll of 70,000 human lives, and the record heat in Russia in 2010 took another 56,000. The heat wave in India and Pakistan in 2015 claimed several thousand more."
"Typhoon Haiyan became in November 2013 the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall. All told, 10,000 perished in its wake."
"The record Atlantic hurricane season in 2005, fueled by unusually warm Atlantic Ocean temperatures, saw an unprecedented 28 named storms and a record four category 5 monster storms. Among them was Katrina, which destroyed much of New Orleans when it made landfall. Nearly 4,000 lives had been taken by the time that season ended."
"By 2030, it is estimated, climate change will cause as many as 700,000 additional deaths a year worldwide." -The Madhouse Effect
Clean, Green, Oil-Free, Safe Transportation
Trains are the most sustainable & green form of transportation
Electric high speed rail is the most energy efficient of all trains. A national high speed rail system is the centerpiece of a sustainable America, and will significantly reduce congestion and our dependence on cars and oil, while cutting our carbon emissions by epic proportions. The entire system can be powered by clean, safe renewable energy including wind, solar, geothermal, and ocean/tidal. Clean electric trains are a major form of daily transportation in numerous countries, and are the single most powerful transportation choice that can solve serious mobility, energy, environmental, economic, health, and social problems simultaneously - on a global scale.
A 2006 study by the Center for Clean Air Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology concluded that building a high-speed rail system across the US could result in 29 million fewer car trips and 500,000 fewer plane flights each year, saving 6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions - the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road annually.
"A 2010 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences surveyed 1,372 climate researchers and found that 97-98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of anthropogenic climate change outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."
"Grid-connected traction offers the only realistic option for significantly reducing oil use in transportation over the next 10 years." -Anthony Perl
Sustainable and Green
Not Sustainable or Green
"Tokyo's electric trains get 6,600 miles to the gallon." -USA Today, March 4, 2008
"Building a new system of high speed rail in America will be faster, cheaper, and easier than building more freeways or adding to an already over-burdened aviation system - and everybody stands to benefit." President Obama, April 16, 2009
"Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act" -Albert Einstein
Incredible energy efficiency of high speed trains. (Chart source: www.uic.org)
External costs lowest with rail. (Chart source: www.uic.org)
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Sustainable transportation for America: 3-tiered electric rail network
USHSR at the Congressional Renewable Energy Expo
Check out Sustainability and the California HSR Project
Analysis of the sustainability benefits of the new state wide rail project: More info New California Government Climate Change Information Website: Climate Change Facts
Calling out the media: We are "tired of seeing the media orchestrate splashy Jello-wrestling matches, under the guise of providing "balance," by weighing the US National Academies, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and "well over 95 percent of scientists who actually work on climate change" against a "denialist"" -Closing the Window on Climate Change
"The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which cannot be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them." -Albert Einstein
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