US Defense Establishment: No Marching Orders for Skeptics

Fri, 2010-06-25 08:10Ross Gelbspan
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US Defense Establishment: No Marching Orders for Skeptics

While political leaders on Capitol Hill seek definitive answers about how quickly the world’s climate will change, military and national security experts say they’re used to making decisions with limited information. But as they turn their attention to the geopolitical implications of climate change, the military and security experts are pressing scientists to help them understand the risk and uncertainty inherent in forecasts of future environmental shifts.  

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At 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, Greeley, Colorado was struck by a 3.4 magnitude earthquake. Earthquakes are highly unusual in eastern Colorado, raising speculation that it was a “frackquake” — a man-made earthquake stimulated by the disposal of contaminated drilling water in deep injection wells. This disposal technique forces wastewater generated from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) deep into underground rock formations, lubricating layers of rock that would not ordinarily be subject to movement.

Earthquakes are so rare in eastern Colorado that the U.S....

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