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Maybe someone can explain to this guy the purpose of this list. I have already done so. this list's purpose is for general discussion. You asked for assistance with html, and any9noe who was able to assist you did. If you have further questions, please ask them. If I do not know the answer, I will research it, or someone else on list will provide you with an answer.

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Good afternoon! Nimer could you please explain the purpose of this mailing list? I asked for help with html and thought you were going to help me? Thanks

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    Subject: .Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
    Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 06:12:25 -0700 (PDT)
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    .Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
    WASHINGTON — The changing global climate will pose profound strategic
    challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the
    prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent
    storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and
    intelligence analysts say.

    Such climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist
    movements or destabilize entire regions, say the analysts, experts at
    the Pentagon and intelligence agencies who for the first time are
    taking a serious look at the national security implications of

    Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next
    20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa,
    the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect
    of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by
    climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or
    military response.

    An exercise last December at the National Defense University, an
    educational institute that is overseen by the military, explored the
    potential impact of a destructive flood in Bangladesh that sent
    hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into neighboring India,
    touching off religious conflict, the spread of contagious diseases
    vast damage to infrastructure. "It gets real complicated real
    quickly," said Amanda J. Dory, the deputy assistant secretary of
    defense for strategy, who is working with a Pentagon group assigned
    incorporate climate change into national security strategy planning.

    Much of the public and political debate on global warming has focused
    on finding substitutes for fossil fuels, reducing emissions that
    contribute to greenhouse gases and furthering negotiations toward an
    international climate treaty — not potential security challenges.

    But a growing number of policy makers say that the world's rising
    temperatures, surging seas and melting glaciers are a direct threat
    the national interest.

    If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel
    consumption and thus emissions of global warming gases, proponents of
    this view say, a series of global environmental, social, political
    possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to

    This argument could prove a fulcrum for debate in the Senate next
    month when it takes up climate and energy legislation passed in June
    by the House.

    Lawmakers leading the debate before Congress are only now beginning
    make the national security argument for approving the legislation.

    Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who is the chairman of
    the Foreign Relations Committee and a leading advocate for the
    legislation, said he hoped to sway Senate skeptics by pressing that
    issue to pass a meaningful bill.

    Mr. Kerry said he did not know whether he would succeed but had
    with 30 undecided senators on the matter.

    He did not identify those senators, but the list of undecided
    many from coal and manufacturing states and from the South and
    Southeast, which will face the sharpest energy price increases from
    any carbon emissions control program.

    "I've been making this argument for a number of years," Mr. Kerry
    said, "but it has not been a focus because a lot of people had not
    connected the dots." He said he had urged President Obama to make the
    case, too.

    Mr. Kerry said the continuing conflict in southern Sudan, which has
    killed and displaced tens of thousands of people, is a result of
    drought and expansion of deserts in the north. "That is going to be
    repeated many times over and on a much larger scale," he said.

    The Department of Defense's assessment of the security issue came
    about after prodding by Congress to include climate issues in its
    strategic plans — specifically, in 2008 budget authorizations by
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and John W. Warner, then senators. The
    department's climate modeling is based on sophisticated Navy and Air
    Force weather programs and other government climate research programs
    at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The Pentagon and the State Department have studied issues arising
    dependence on foreign sources of energy for years but are only now
    considering the effects of global warming in their long-term planning
    documents. The Pentagon will include a climate section in the
    Quadrennial Defense Review, due in February; the State Department
    address the issue in its new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development

    "The sense that climate change poses security and geopolitical
    challenges is central to the thinking of the State Department and the
    climate office," said Peter Ogden, chief of staff to Todd Stern, the
    State Department's top climate negotiator.

    Although military and intelligence planners have been aware of the
    challenge posed by climate changes for some years, the Obama
    administration has made it a central policy focus.

    A changing climate presents a range of challenges for the military.
    Many of its critical installations are vulnerable to rising seas and
    storm surges. In Florida, Homestead Air Force Base was essentially
    destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Ivan badly
    damaged Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2004. Military planners are
    studying ways to protect the major naval stations in Norfolk, Va.,
    San Diego from climate-induced rising seas and severe storms.

    Another vulnerable installation is Diego Garcia, an atoll in the
    Indian Ocean that serves as a logistics hub for American and British
    forces in the Middle East and sits a few feet above sea level.

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