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Late last month, a group of national security strategists, top researchers and analysts gathered at the Kossiakoff Centre of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, to discuss two big worries that many in the mainstream media might have you believe aren’t causes for concern at all: energy security and climate change.
The best way to sum up the symposium’s conclusions? Don’t listen to the chattering heads on talk radio and television: the military’s top brass know better … and with their knowledge comes considerable nervousness.
1. A severe energy crunch starting as soon as 2012.
2. Security problems made worse by climate change.
3. Petro-dollars being funneled to terrorist organisations.
4. Climate threats to military operations and facilities.
5. Insufficient incentives to ensure future energy security. “
6. Mistaken assumptions about energy in the past.
7. The tendency to want 100 per cent certainty on energy and climate models.
8. An outdated electrical grid.
9. Energy price shocks.
10. Climate changes that are happening faster than predicted.
The UK want to shut down perfectly good electrical generation plants that are coal fired because of the unproven and much over-hyped issue of CO2, and for no other reason.