Accuracy in Media

As the world waits for the pope’s climate change encyclical, new attention has been focused on how the Obama administration’s green energy policies are undermining U.S. military readiness and diverting resources from caring for America’s veterans.

We reported recently that the Obama administration didn’t have time to develop a strategy to fight against global Islamic terrorism because it was too busy putting homosexuals into the Armed Forces and celebrating gay pride. In fact, there was something else on the agenda that Obama had ordered the military to handle that had assumed more importance than global terrorism—climate change.

On May 20, in his remarks to the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement, Obama actually told the Coast Guard grads that “It is a dereliction of duty” for them to ignore this alleged problem.

The speech got enormous favorable attention from our media. “Obama Recasts Climate Change as a Peril With Far-Reaching Effects,” was The New York Times headline over a story covering the speech. CNN reported, “In Coast Guard commencement address, Obama buoys climate change.”

Obama even went so far as to imply that climate change was behind terrorism. He said, “…climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.”

The bizarre claim that Islamist terrorists kill Christians because of climate change has been echoed by the British Guardian and Mother Jones, both of them far-left outlets.

The other side of the story was provided by two excellent speakers at the recent 10th International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, D.C. Jay Lehr, Ph.D., who is the science director at The Heartland Institute, said the U.S. Navy is being transformed into a “Green Navy” that will cost $1.9 billion in alternative fuels alone. The same money, he said, could buy a new aircraft carrier.

“The money that we are spending in this manner is going to reduce our weaponry and reduce our ability to protect our fighting men and women, and it is entirely disgraceful,” Lehr said.

James M. Taylor, vice president for external relations and senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, discussed his group’s publication of the report, “Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power.” It was written by three retired military officials who argue that the Obama administration’s so-called National Security Strategy pays lip service to a balanced energy strategy, while in reality it is actually “defaulting on its responsibility to develop and execute a credible national energy policy.”

In his own talk, Taylor discussed in detail how the costly energy schemes being imposed on the U.S. military impede military readiness and waste resources, even at the expense of veterans in need of health care.

Dominance in the world, he said, requires the projection of military power, which rests on a strong and growing economy. But Obama’s plan for less reliance on fossil fuels and the increased usage of so-called renewable sources such as solar and wind power can only weaken the U.S. economy, he said. He noted that Russia is already moving into the Arctic area, with no credible U.S. military response.

What’s more, Taylor noted, Obama has ordered the Defense Department to rely increasingly—as much as 25 percent of its energy—on “grossly expensive” solar and wind power that detracts from military preparedness. “This is coming out of the defense budget,” he said. “It’s a budgetary boondoggle that takes away from money that could be spent on men, machinery and weaponry, and instead is being spent on more expensive power.”

He cited a machine made for the military that is supposed to be dragged around on a battlefield and transforms trash into electricity, rather than being buried or burned. The contraption was highlighted by the Mother Nature Network news service as one of the “6 green things the U.S. military is doing.”

Citing another boondoggle, he said the Navy is paying an incredibly high price of $67.50 per gallon for a “camelina-based fuel” made from a plant in the mustard family.

Even more shocking, he cited a case of money from the Department of Veterans Affairs intended for military care that is instead being used to purchase solar panels. “That’s coming at the expense of folks who are not getting the care they should be getting,” he said.

Indeed, the VA announced in 2011 that it had awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build solar panels.

However, it was reported in Arkansas in April of this year by local television station KATV that a section of solar panels at the Little Rock Veteran’s Affairs Hospital was being torn down after being built only two years ago and never turned on. The panels had cost $8 million.

The VA Secretary at the time, Eric Shinseki, said that “in order to continue providing Veterans with the best health care and benefit services, VA must adapt to climate change.”

Shinseki’s green campaign included installing a wind turbine at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. The turbine cost $533,000 and was funded under Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The VA issued a news release about this development, saying, “Under the leadership of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, who flipped the switch at today’s wind turbine dedication, VA is transitioning into a 21st century organization that better serves America’s Veterans.”

The VA scandal over poor or non-existent care for veterans forced Shinseki’s resignation more than a year ago.

But he has bounced back, recently joining the board of First Hawaiian Bank. Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “He is a man of great integrity and character who has dedicated his entire career to serving our nation.”





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  • John Cunningham

    The Popes pronouncement on Climate Change legislation as being a good thing is just trying to sell a dying Religion. He is playing to the base. The base in his case is all the Catholics throughout the World who don’t practice what is preached.

    Liberals are trying to change the subject on war, pestilence, disease, and hunger. Just ignoring war and that pesky Islamic Jihad, ain’t going to cut it. While all the Liberals label gender inequality, the Terrorist Islamist are killing them faster than the Liberals can enlighten.

    It is time for the Liberals to put their ideals where their mouths are. Go to the Middle East and everywhere Islam has a toe hold and preach your ideals. I am sure they will get a hardy response and please tape it for all the World to see. I will put in early for my copy with the most enthusiasm I can unleash.

  • You can tell when he’s lying,
    His lips start to move;
    With his climate agenda,
    Obama’s right in his groove!

  • Colorado Conservative

    Obama and the Marxists destruction of America continues….weaken and debilitate from within and without so there is no chance of survival. For all those who continue to shed the light of truth on evil such as AIM, THANK YOU.

  • bigdaddy

    Obama’s green policy will aid him in his quest to destroy the military….

    From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008 11 : 48 : 04 EST, Televised
    “Meet the Press”

    THE then Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.
    Obama continued : “The National Anthem should be
    ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less
    bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were
    our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider
    reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer
    our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to
    the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace
    prevails – – – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between
    our governments ….”


  • emag

    The pope was “elected”, more like appointed, by the NWO to push their agenda. The climate change scam is about a huge carbon tax for every citizens in the developed nations. The NWO now includes 0bama and he is pushing it like crazy, even though the last 16 years have been cooler than normal. Its all just Weather! But they now have enough so called scientists, media and leader to get the propaganda going. They want Hillary to be elected so she can continue.
    Its really crazy that Climate Change comes before the terrorist threat to this country and before our military.

  • Marshall Goodman

    You might want to read at the link below, “The Pope’s Leaked Marxist Climate Rant”.

    That this silly, little man from Argentina is aiding the abolition of religion by international Marxists and helping them to achieve world domination is incredible; as is how militant atheist George Soros and thugs are able to manipulate the election of a pope and then are able to tell that pope what he should proclaim.

    I’m now waiting for the pope eventually 1) to announce that he’s gay but celibate (and “Please don’t judge me,” he’ll say); and 2) to follow the role played by Anthony Quinn in “The Shoes of a Fisherman” when, as the first Russian pope, he gives away the Vatican’s financial holdings to the poor.

  • John Cunningham

    Extortion and simple minded third World Nations to push their agenda.

  • Peter

    If you believe the Pope you’d believe this: – Hang on!

    Too much carbon? Burn more coal. Warm the globe. Warmer winters. Less heating required. Electricity saved. Less coal burnt. Thereby cooling the globe. Colder winters. More heat required. More electricity used. More coal burnt. – I ask you again: Too much carbon? Then burn more coal. Create more carbon – warming the globe. Causing hotter summers. Requiring air- conditioning. Using more electricity. Burning more coal. Creating more carbon. Even hotter summers. More air-conditioning. More electricity. More coal. Heating the globe. Melting the ice caps. Raising sea levels. Backing up rivers and creeks. Backing up sewerage – into the Vatican. The Pope in deep poop – flushed with embarrassment. Noah’s ark refloated. The Pope left behind panting. Hot air over Rome. That papal waste of breath and wind emitting three greenhouse gases – CO2, water vapour and methane. Ensuring piping hot summers. Endless air-conditioning. Loads more power. Burning heaps more coal. Creating more carbon. Scorching summers. Evaporated ice caps. Relentless air-conditioning. Massive power consumption. Stretching resources. Sending us all to the wall. Burning loads more coal. Trying to stay cool. Energy to tame heat extremes. CO2 tax to kill the luxury. Yielding carbon dioxide. Warming the globe. Causing warmer winters. Lowering heating bills by burning less coal. Yielding less carbon. Thereby cooling the globe. Expanding the ice caps. Shrinking sea levels. Concerned fish donning aero-gills (a fishy form of aqualung). Icy cold winters, demanding more heating.
    . . . . . . . . and so on.
    With fallacious reasoning the fallible Pope will tell you anything to sell you into acceptance of the totalitarian NWO.

  • stringman

    That was from a satire parody. Obama did not actually suggest changing the anthem……But I am sure he thought it.

  • joshuasweet

    if it harms the nation or sets us up for a ruinous battle Obama and his EPA is all for it

  • Peter

    And if he can’t do that, he’ll try fearmongering to scare you into the totalitarian New World Order. Be scared. Be very scared. On this heating planet you will no longer be shivering with cold. You will be trembling with FEAR. it is important to get the right diagnosis.