US Top Military official Says Climate Change Biggest Threat


The United State's top military official in the Pacific says the biggest long term security threat in the region is climate change.

In an interview with the Boston Globe Admiral Samuel J Locklear III, commander, US Pacific Command said significant upheaval related to the warming planet "is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.''

locklear “People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”

When it comes to pragmatic military planning, Locklear said he is increasingly focused on another highly destabilizing force.

“The ice is melting and sea is getting higher,” Locklear told the Boston Globe , noting that 80 percent of the world’s population lives within 200 miles of the coast. “I’m into the consequence management side of it. I’m not a scientist, but the island of Tarawa in Kiribati, they’re contemplating moving their entire population to another country because [it] is not going to exist anymore.”

The US military, he said, is beginning to reach out to other armed forces in the region about the issue.

“We have interjected into our multilateral dialogue – even with China and India – the imperative to kind of get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact these massive populations,” he said. “If it goes bad, you could have hundreds of thousands or millions of people displaced and then security will start to crumble pretty quickly.’’

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The US EIA states that in 2012 commercial buildings and industry and our power plants consumed approx 17.5 Trillion cu.ft. of natural gas. How much of this energy was wasted, blown up chimneys across the country as HOT exhaust into the atmosphere. 40% ~ 60%?
Natural gas needs "excess air" to be combusted completely and safely. Multiply that number by 30% or 50%?
That is a LOT of HOT exhaust going into our atmosphere. At what temperature?
This has to stop. Why do we still allow all this wasted energy to happen when everywhere we look there is mention of Energy Efficiency.

The technology of Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery is designed to recover most of that heat energy from those waste exhaust gases, making it available for use.
The US DOE states that for every 1 million Btu's of energy recovered from these waste exhaust gases, and this recovered heat energy is utilized in the building or facility where it was combusted, 118 lbs of CO2 will NOT be put into the atmosphere.
America wants to create jobs. How many chimneys are there poking out of the roofs of commercial buildings and industry across America?
How many jobs can be created assessing all these locations?
How many engineers will be hired to design the most efficient method of applying all this recovered heat energy?
How many mechanical companies will be hired to install all these condensing flue gas heat recovery systems, all across America?
What could this do our our economy?
What would this do for our environment?

What natural gas is not wasted today, will be there to be used another day, or for another purpose.

Written in March 2013

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