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The Military Battles Climate Change

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True to form, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee (as the ranking Republican) and the Environment and Public Works Committee reacted to the information stating, "There is no one in more pursuit of publicity than a retired military officer."

I reached out to Titley for his reaction, wondering how this agenda will ever move forward if lawmakers refuse to acknowledge the science. He replied:

"I would only say that it's unfortunate the issue of our changing climate and its impacts to national security has become politicized. As military officers we know that our country's warfighting advantage depends in part on our ability to recognize, adapt to, and get ahead of changes in the world situation. We would plan for and adapt to changes in the physical battlespace just like we would changes in demographic, economic or political situations.

The ocean, atmosphere and ice do not caucus, do not vote, and do not care about anyone's politics. They just warm, cool and melt according to the well-known laws of physics. This is a national security, not a political issue."

One can only wonder what it will take to get the nation's elected representatives moving"to sidestep catastrophe.

Graphic: Courtesy of CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board

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