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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era


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Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era

Michael T. Klare

Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.


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climate change, it just IS


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Whether it’s only done internally and sub rosa, or done by those who should be doing it, it’s time to change the nature of the US military to suit the shift in the conditions of the world.

We need to make the emergency functions that have been de facto jobs of the military it’s major purpose, first as the military and then morphing it into a Civilian Climate Corps. Cutting the military by 75% to start, and transforming it into a force to transform the US into an ecological commonwealth, we need to put it to work both preventing and adapting to climate catastrophe, providing support for government agencies, non-profits and businesses to make a climate mobilization possible. We need to use all the resources we have to eliminate fossil fuel use in the next decade, reforest the planet and shift industry and agriculture into ecological forms.