Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., showed why he is one of the educated elite when he pointed out that the record snowstorm that hit the Capital should not deter lawmakers from doing something about global warming. Recently, the president’s favorite think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), held a conference on “The Global Implications of Climate Migration.”
“It is inevitable that as global warming intensifies hurricanes, exacerbates drought, and adds to resource shortages, we will need to prepare for extreme conditions and responses, and this includes human migration,” CAP warns. “Some estimates suggest that as many as 200 million people could become climate migrants by 2050.”
“And in some cases, climate migration hot spots overlap with already volatile and unstable regions, where substantial migration could easily give rise to conflict.” The conference, naturally, featured two scholars—Susan Martin , Herzberg Professor of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University , and David Waskow , Climate Change Program Director, Oxfam America.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it. It occurred on February 11, 2010. Like many other offices, ours was closed due to inclement weather. So, btw, was the federal government, for the third straight day that week.
The feds finally went back to work on Friday. The beauty part is, nobody noticed they were gone except national media outlets who have nothing to do when they are out.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia .