It used to be that people were smart enough to understand that things get hotter when it’s summer and that the way to combat that is to either build large stone or concrete buildings that keep cool during summertime or have a powerful energy grid that can ramp up to deal with the burden imposed by people cranking their AC units to 11.
Apparently, such knowledge of natural matters has deserted this administration (that’s just a joke, fact-checkers: they obviousl get the “summer” concept).
Just kidding. Though they presumably understand what summer is, that didn’t stop Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking on the issue of climate change during a recent press briefing, from blaming climate change rather than just “summer weather” for the heat wave crisis. Speaking on that, she, said:
All right. Okay. Okay. I have a few things at the top. Speaking of climate change: So we are closely monitoring extreme heat conditions impacting much of Europe as well as the extreme heat impacting the more than 100 million Americans who are struggling with extreme heat conditions here at home just this week alone.
The impacts of extreme weather are intensifying across the globe, including here in the United States. No one is immune from climate change. It’s why the President has been rallying the world to take the decisive action needed in this decade to tackle the climate change — the climate crisis.
It’s also why the President is committed to taking aggressive action to tackle climate change and made clear if the Senate won’t act, he will. In fact, as many you — as many of you have seen already today, the President will travel to Somerset, Massachusetts, tomorrow. While there, he will visit the future site of a manufacturing plant located at a former coal-fired power plant that will produce transmission cables for Massachusetts’s booming offshore wind industry.
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The President will underscore the historic clean energy investments his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will make in Massachusetts and announce additional actions he will take to tackle the climate crisis and secure a clean energy future.
The President ran on fighting the unprecedented economic and national security threat of climate change. And he has take- — he has been taking decisive action to do so since taking office. Tomorrow’s action will be a continuation of that work.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also spoke about the supposed national security threat posed by “climate change”, saying, during the same briefing:
“the Pentagon has noted not just in this administration, but even the previous one, that climate change is a national security issue.
Geez, Jeff, I mean, not only does it affect our infrastructure — and you’re already starting to see military bases like Norfolk Naval Base having to invest millions of dollars to try to improve their infrastructure because of rising sea levels. So it has an impact on our infrastructure. It has an impact on our readiness, because you — and you’re seeing it now, even in the wildfires, where so many National Guardsmen are being called out. And — and God love them for that, but they’re — those are important tasks and missions, but it takes away from other tasks and missions when it comes to defending the United States.
So there’s a — there’s an impact on our own readiness just because our — our troops, our sailors, our Marines, our airmen, our Coast Guardsmen are being called out for — to respond to natural disasters, which are getting worse because of climate change.
And then lastly, it’s a driver of actual missions, because climate change creates instability, which creates insecurity in some places. And you can end up — the fighting in Syria started, really, as a result of a drought. And so, there’s — there’s a — it can actually drive military missions and force the military to become involved in places and at times where they wouldn’t have had to otherwise.
Perhaps the Pentagon, which just lost in Afghanistan and retreated in quite ignominious fashion from that country, should focus on warfighting rather than the angry sun monster and the Biden Administration should focus on inflation and the gas price crisis rather than summer weather. Heck, if they wait a few more weeks, that problem might just go away as things cool off.