The “U.S. Army and The Conservation Fund to Sign National Memorandum of Understanding.”
If you hurry, you can be there to witness the treaty signing by the “Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Mr. Larry Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund.”
These two gentlemen will “announce a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Conservation Fund to promote the effective and balanced management of water resources, conservation of wildlife habitat and cultural resources, and sustainable development of communities.”
I am informed—by confidential sources—that there will be photo “opportunities”, so bring your cameras.
Where to go? 2000 Half Street Street, Washington, DC, which is the Earth Conservation Corps’ Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center. This is not, for my non-military readers, an Army base. 11 am Friday, 22 January.
Now, unless that agreement runs along the lines of “Stay out our way and you won’t get hurt”, then the Army has no business signing a faux treaty with any non-governmental organization.
The next thing you know, the Navy will be courting the Sierra Club to give up its noisy ships. Don’t scoff! There are plenty of malcontents who are making this very claim. Seems whales don’t like the sound of passing aircraft carriers. Spinning propellers induce in them—just as the Beatles induce in your author—a severe case of the willies.
The good news is that those carriers run off nuclear fuel and this have a very low carbon impact. The Navy should get Greenpeace to issue a joint press release to this effect. It will cheer the hearts of environmentalists everywhere.
I can just imagine the news stories of the future, once our enlightened military is fully in place.
“The general explained the defeat and staggering loss of life by claiming he could not attack the enemy because he was hiding in a protected wetland.”
It’s still worse than you know. Other groups are “against” the military use of depleted uranium slugs because…well, because they are nuclear. A very scary word. Which is why I don’t think Greenpeace will go along with my previous idea.
Obviously, the Army should limit the damage it causes. It should be made to think about its actions. But it must not be beholden to anybody but its Commander in Chief and Congress.
Stay tuned for updates. I have contacted the Army’s PR group to discover the text of the agreement. If they tell, I’ll post it here.
Update Eugene Pawlik A HQ02, the Army press guy, told me the text of the agreement won’t be made public until tomorrow.
Update Friday. The text of the agreement is not available, but it is summarized at the Conservation Fund’s website.
Among some of what our Army will do is “Promote innovative, effective responses to climate change that will maintain healthy water resources and associated natural communities;”
Finally! Some real weaponry in the battle against global warming.