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Policemen of the world, unite.

Posted by Charles II on July 20, 2008

Via Libby at Cernig’s Newshoggers, this story from the BBC:

After 58 years, the United States Navy will reactivate the Fourth Fleet, which will be in charge of patrolling Latin American waters.

The fleet had been deactivated following the end of the Second World War, but starting July 1st of this year, U.S. naval forces will have a high level command specifically dedicated to supervising the projects of its units in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Venezuelanalysis cites the Jacksonville Business Journal on the reasons:

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., expressed the need for a fleet committed to the region because of “the rising economic strength of Brazil, the belligerence of Venezuela, the increasing trade moving through the Panama Canal, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s age.”

I had no idea that prosperity or gerontology were justifications for sending a fleet to a region. Every year he serves in the Senate, Bill Nelson makes me regret my support for him more and more.

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“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2008

President Gore speaks. You listen.

Some choice excerpts:

Like a lot of people, it seems to me that all these problems are bigger than any of the solutions that have thus far been proposed for them, and that’s been worrying me…

Yet when we look at all three of these seemingly intractable challenges at the same time, we can see the common thread running through them, deeply ironic in its simplicity: our dangerous over-reliance on carbon-based fuels is at the core of all three of these challenges—the economic, environmental and national security crises.

We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change…

But if we grab hold of that common thread and pull it hard, all of these complex problems begin to unravel and we will find that we’re holding the answer to all of them right in our hand.

The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels.

Can we do this? We, we can:
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