I just got off the phone with Rep. Glenn Thompson’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C.
I called to ask what Thompson was going to do in light of the Defense Department’s statements in its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review that says “Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large.”
It goes on to say “these effects (of climate change) are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation ... conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.”
Unfortunately, the gentleman I spoke to seemed to be unfamiliar with this report. Rather than discuss this threat to our national security, he only wanted to debate whether climate change is real.
The debate is over, and the time for action is now. My plea for leadership on the issue of national security and climate change was met with scoffs and ridicule. I think I should be able to expect more from our elected officials and it seems that the only way to achieve that is to replace Thompson this fall.