Homeland Security to 'battle' climate change
I imagine they'll call this a "man caused disaster" too:
At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.
Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department's recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force."
Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with "identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security."
According to the former Arizona governor, the task force would address specific questions, including:
"How will FEMA work with state and local partners to plan for increased flooding or wildfire or hurricane activity that is more serious than we've seen before? What assistance can the Coast Guard bring to bear to assist remote villages in, for example, Alaska which already have been negatively affected by changes up in the Arctic?"
This sounds like a lot more fun than protecting the country from terrorists, doesn't it? It actually makes sense - if you believe that there will be "increased flooding or wildfire or hurricane activity that is more serious than we've seen before." So far, sorry Janet but the disasters just aren't big enough. Of course, that won't stop DHS from carving out a bureaucratic niche for themselves so they can horn in on some of that global climate change dough the government is throwing around.
Just another opportunity to grow the size of government at our expense.