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October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3].

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.” We need immediate action to minimize the long-term impacts and begin getting our greenhouse-gas emissions under control. Otherwise, the threat will grow worse and the human toll will increase.

Contrary to what some would have us believe, we can cut emissions, increase gross domestic product and jobs, and reduce premature deaths from pollution by putting a tax on carbon-based fuels and returning all revenue to households. The idea has been endorsed by analysts ranging from right-wing, free-market economists to dyed-in-the-wool liberals and climate activists. It’s time for Congress to move on the threat that the military has identified.

Davis Oldham, Seattle

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