Letter: A major contradiction on fighting climate change

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Editor of the Reformer,

I think politicians who pretend to have a plan for a cleaner, greener planet while simultaneously shoveling money at our agency of death and destruction — the Pentagon (which failed its first-ever audit last year, miserably) — are selling us a monstrous lie.

The Center for Climate and Security has published a paper entitled, "A Responsibility to Prepare," in which authors talk about the eagerness of many countries for a melted Arctic region. (Page 15: "Arctic ice is receding ... with many countries eager to compete for claims and influence.")

On pages 19 and 20 of that document, you can read about how "climate change" is viewed as an opportunity, by our country and military, to expand influence in "key geostrategic environments" and for "military capacity building programs." It reminds me of the document "Rebuilding America's Defenses," which dreamed of a "new Pearl Harbor" just before 9/11.

How exactly does our incessant urge to impoverish economically and to physically destroy large swathes of the planet simultaneously jive with this pie-in-the-sky selling of a clean and shiny, new, greener planet? As though any small effort any of us could make individually could compensate for the footprint on this planet of our military-industrial complex.

Jacqueline Brook

Putney, May 17

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