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Letter: Climate change a danger to national security

On Tuesday, the President signed an executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan, a policy issued under the previous administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public utilities. With a President and EPA administrator in denial of climate change, the move is not unexpected. But for a President determined to strengthen our economy and keep America safe, this move does just the opposite.

Syria's response to the 2006–2010 drought ultimately led to its current civil war, and the rise of ISIL. A 2014 Government Accountability Office report cited 15 unidentified U.S. military sites taking damage to their roadways, seawalls and runways due to rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events. The Department of Defense's 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap concluded that climate change "will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe."

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Climate change is a clear and present danger to our national security. It's unclear if the Trump administration considered any of this in its zeal to deny basic science.

Christian Ready

Westminster

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