The Pentagon's recent Quadrennial Defense Report called climate change a threat to our national security. I am stunned by Congressman Scott Perry's irresponsible dismissal of this report.

Of all the myriad authorities warning about the threat of climate change, I would expect Mr. Perry to take this one seriously. But in his latest newsletter, he challenges the Department of Defense in their assessment that climate change is a threat.

He says, "DHS reported that extreme weather caused by climate change could spur militant groups to become active, an assertion that is simply ridiculous. Are the American people really to believe that the increased operations by ISIS are due to hot weather or a shortage of water? Such assertions are ridiculous, and frankly, insulting."

He must not have even read the report.

The QDR says climate change has the ability to "devastate homes, land, and infrastructure" and "may exacerbate water scarcity and lead to sharp increases in food costs ... the desperation that many people, particularly in poorer regions, will face due to climate change could lead to 'resource competition' and even 'terrorist activity.' These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions — conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence."

Mr. Perry, why bother having scientists if you disregard the findings of 97 percent of the experts in the field of climate science and substitute your own opinion for the facts?

Mr. Perry, why bother having a Quadrennial Defense Report to assess the threats that Americans face? Why have experts produce a game plan to reduce or eliminate the threats, only to belittle them?

Please read the report, Rep. Perry. It might open your eyes.


Spring Garden Twp.

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