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Why is Obama having Napolitano claim climate change is the greatest risk we face in America?

And it’s just weird to hear Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, describe her department’s focus on environmental justice and climate adaptation. (Audio, our transcript): So as we look at climate change, the climate change that we are in, and think about the environmental phenomenon that is happening in the course of our own lives, we translate that into increased drought. We translate that into increased likelihood of wildfires, particularly catastrophic fires in the West, we translate that into more category four and five hurricanes, and that affects communities around the gulf but also up and down the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific as well, and other natural occurrences that are affected by changes in climate. Changes in climate really translate into huge environmental changes that have impacts on communities and also on national security, because they raise not only the issues of making sure that we are taking into account and caring for the most at-risk populations, but that we are also looking at and planning for the potentiality of mass migrations, demographic changes, patterns, concentrations of economic assets, population growth in different areas, deteriorating infrastructure. All of this gets knit together under this umbrella of climate change and environmental adaptation. That’s an expansive, expensive agenda, isn’t it? We thought Congress formed the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively address imminent threats to the American people, priorities like fighting terrorism, controlling our borders, and handling security at our ports and airports. Turns out the Department is instead working on EVERYTHING! http://shopfloor.org/2010/12/if-jobs-are-the-priority-whats-environmental-justice/16902 http://shopfloor.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Napolitano-at-Environmental-Justice-Conference.pdf

Asked By: DEGREASER - 12/17/2010
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This is an end run around congress. The Department of Homeland Security has shown its willingness to spend beyond its budget and even against the explicit wishes of congress. So far it has used millions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act fund that was originally designed as a stimulus for the... More
Answered By: Farm D - 12/19/2010
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Because the EPA can funnel $ and not have to go through congress for it.
Answered By: RJC - 12/17/2010
 
Hmmm! did the oil kings the Koch brothers pay you to post this garbage? LOL Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/
Answered By: RosieRose - 12/17/2010
 
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