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On 12 May 2008, John McCain, Republican candidate for the Presidency spoke to the point that global warming was and remains a serious matter for national security and not just the threat to small island states, arctic native peoples of wildlife populations such as polar bears. The point seems to be clear enough; by changing the planet's atmosphere with by combustion of fossil fuels we are creating international turmoil with lasting impacts on the nation's security interests in Asia and the Americas.
"Ecosystem functionality is the basis of ecosystem service provisioning and adaptation to climate change."
"Ultimately, any proposals for the protection of the earth's atmosphere and Antarctica * have to recognize the unequal power relations between North and South. Global agreements such as the Climate Change Convention are often flawed in the sense that proposals to cut emissions reflect Western scientific assessments and environmental values."
Northern NGOs such as Greenpeace have therefore been important advocates of more precautionary action and more appropriate behavior in the wake of these ever widening North-South inequalities."
Dodds, Geopolitics, p. 124.
"He has used the war on terror to implement Dick Cheney's neo-con agenda --invade Iraq, sink the UN, enrich Haliburton, reward the rich, open our lands to oil and mineral development, destroy our wetlands, hand obscene tax breaks and subsidies to the energy barons, and take a blowtorch to our constitutional rights and environmental laws --all in the name of homeland security."
RFK, Crimes Against Nature, p. 173.
"Lincoln Steffens (1904) concluded that the corruption and failures of American democracy stemmed largely from a single source --the control of government by businesspeople acting in their own self interest. Steffens characterized that formula as a kind of treason, because 'the effect of it is literally to change the form of government from one that is representative of the people to an oligarchy representative of the special interests.' "
Generations of Americans will pay for the Republican campaign debt to the energy industry and other big polluters with global instability, depleted national coffers, and increased vulnerability to oil-market price shocks. They will also pay with reduced prosperity and quality of life at home. ...The administration's attacks on science and the law have put something perhaps even greater at risk--our values and our democracy."
"The country as ... a grab bag for the robber barons."
They are cashing in our air, water, aquifers, wildlife, and public lands and divvying up the loot."
Ibid, p. 198.