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The Military’s Top Priority: Global Warming?

In the wake of President Obama’s Executive Order 13653 which designated climate change as “an urgent and growing threat to our national security,” the Department of Defense must incorporate potential “climate change” effects in its military activities. This goes for weapons buying and testing, training ranges and capabilities, fuel types and uses, defense surveillance and reconnaissance, and training programs, among other activities. Not only is this a hassle for military officials, but it also carries a hefty tax bill for the American people. Under the new guidelines, the Air Force will be forced to spend $59 a gallon for renewable jet fuel and $67 per gallon for F-22 Raptor fuel. The Navy will also spend $27 per gallon for biofuels and a whopping $424 a gallon for 20,000 gallons of “sustainable” diesel fuel. In total, the U.S. military was ordered to spend $4 billion of its budget during a four-year span on biofuels, solar panels, and electric vehicles. The result is a much less cost-efficient military—and possibly a more dangerous world.

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