Detroit, Mich. — Ex-Senator John Warner — co-sponsor of last year’s failed Lieberman-Warner carbon-cap bill — may be out of the Senate, but he’s still ringing the alarm bell that global warming will kill us all. Literally.
Warner has hooked up with fellow naval officer-retiree, John Nathman, to crisscross the country — call it Nathman-Warner — to warn that global warming represents a clear and present danger to the military security of the United States.
The two distinguished, white-haired gentlemen made a decidedly odd couple when they visited the Detroit News this week with their handlers — three young, activist-green women from the Pew Charitable Trust. But the dissonance was in appearance only as Warner, Nathman, and Pew’s Phyliis Cuttino all shared horror stories of the coming planetary apocalypse where nations will lock swords over diminishing resources, climate refuges will overwhelm borders, and the U.S. naval fleet will be swallowed by monster hurricanes.
Their pitch that global warming is the greatest threat to mankind faces an admittedly tough sell in Michigan, whose inhabitants are currently under siege from 15 percent unemployment at the same time summer temperatures are at record lows and where the predicted apocalypse of shrinking Great Lakes has been quietly and conveniently forgotten, now that water levels are back on their cyclical, 30-year rise.
Nathman, sympathetic to Michigan’s woes, boasted that he just bought a giant Ford F-150 pickup — a nice touch of Detroit solidarity, but hard to square with his prediction that Americans are demanding tiny, fuel-sipping hybrids to save the planet.
But Nathman’s claim of America’s thirst for hybrids (despite plummeting hybrid sales) wasn’t nearly as far-fetched as his prediction that the military’s Mideast operations want alternative-fueled vehicles so that it’s vast, oil-hungry supply tail is less dependent on hydrocarbons.
If you think defense appropriations are expensive now, just wait until the Pentagon asks for hybrid M-1 tanks and ethanol-fueled B-2 bombers.