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A BU Professor Analyzes Pentagon Directives on Climate Change

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A recent article by "The Washington Times" states that the US Department of Defense is asking its brass to incorporate climate change, or the shift in statistical distribution of weather patterns, into much of what it does.

A Binghamton University professor offered Fox 40 his take on these directives and whether climate change actually exists.

Binghamton University Geography Professor Mark Blumler says, "Climate Change exists whether humans are causing it or not. The question that most people have is, is it humans and how much?"

According to the Times article, the DoD wants climate change written into its weapons buying and testing, training, defense intelligence, defense education and other areas.

Is this too much of a shift in the way the Pentagon does business?

"It sounds like this directive has gone out in sort of a typical bureaucratic way where it is just way too broad and way too general," says Blumler.

"They need to be thinking about it, but they don't need to be at such a sweeping level where we don't really know yet what the changes are going to be. It's not that climate change may not be a threat, but it's not a threat next week, it's not a threat next year."

In a 2015 report, the DoD stated that, "Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries."

But why would the military have to be prepared to take on this alleged phenomenon?

"Armies, military, they have to be aware of climate and climate change. Do you know about the first Gulf War? About the problem with sandstorm. Sand getting into our machinery because our machinery is so precise and everything. So they have to be aware of environmental conditions and how they might change. The military I think on the whole, at least the top people, do believe in global warming. I think they tend to be pro-science because they are also pro-technology," Blumler adds.

Yet, one is to believe that this move won't stop the debate over climate change in America.