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Letter: Climate change is a threat to national security

(Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo) President-elect Joe Biden's climate envoy nominee former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

Mr. Frank De Jong’s letter “Militarizing climate change” of Dec. 10 seems misguided on many fronts. His “analysis” appears one-sides and disregards the threats climate change represents. Climate change is a growing threat to our very existence.

We experience increased natural disasters, like rising sea levels and storm surges that threaten infrastructure and property. Our economy is strained by the growing costs of restoring infrastructure. We experience increased natural disasters, like rising sea levels and storm surges threatening infrastructure and property. Our economy is strained by the growing costs of restoring infrastructure.

Yes, the military must often be called upon to support and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Droughts, wildfires, and more extreme temperatures threaten our very lives. Key economic sectors like agriculture could have profound effects on our food production and cause overall instability.

You bet we should care, Mr. De Jong. Scientists have been warning that we are close to a “point of no return.” You say “the-call-to-action does not address the causes of climate change.” Really? Extreme weather events are already affecting energy production, causing supply disruptions and affecting other infrastructure that depends on energy supply.

John Kerry wrote on Twitter that climate change as the national security threat it presents will finally be addressed: “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.”

Maria Roberts, Park City

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