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Letter to the editor: Cal Thomas can’t deny threat from climate change

Cal Thomas is angry — again.

The military, under President Barack Obama’s leadership, is starting to address climate change as a security threat.

The poor man had better take his blood-pressure medication, because responding to climate change is becoming increasingly common. Insurance companies are putting it into their calculations; oil and gas companies are banking on an ice-free Arctic.

In fact, Thomas’ regressive views are increasingly isolated. Republican New Jersey governor (and presidential candidate) Chris Christie recently said, “I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable,” adding, “And I do think human activity contributes to it.”

Even Pope Francis is getting into the act. At a Vatican meeting in April, world leaders declared that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality” and “its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.”

This is the problem for Thomas, who professes to be a Christian. If he admits climate change is real, he can no longer ignore the moral obligation to do something about it. Why? Because while climate change does not cause war on its own, it is a “threat multiplier.” It hits the poor, those who have fewest resources, the hardest.

This summer, the pope will issue a major statement on climate change, but Pennsylvania congregations are already mobilizing. Heed the call by joining the faith communities of PA Interfaith Power & Light (paipl.org), responding now to climate change.

Jonathan Brockopp

State College

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