The Alaska Dispatch published an important article on Saturday penned by Lt. Gen. Daniel Christman, Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson and Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney. The piece calls on our political leaders to stop playing politics with climate change, particularly in the wake of hurricane Sandy, and to start treating it as the national security issue it is. They conclude:
Climate change will impose costs. There are costs of inaction. We can either pay now by investing in clean energy technologies and sensible measures to adapt to the consequences of a warming climate, or we will pay later in disaster response.
In other words, we can invest now, or pay a lot more later.
See the full article here. It’s worth a read.