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Editor:

I would like to add a point to your coverage of the town hall that our representative from the 21st District, Ms. Elise Stefanik, held on April 6 at Moriah. At that meeting Ms. Stefanik re-stated her belief that climate change is real and reviewed the actions she is promoting to help counter it. She focused in particular on the dangers that climate change is bringing to our national security. These come in part through weakening our military capacity, such as the rising sea waters putting dry docks and other U.S. naval facilities under water. It is also happening by making the world a dangerous place through increasing the number and scale of violent conflicts and wars, such as over dwindling amounts of land and water. This includes conflicts that the U.S. may get drawn into, including by deploying troops from Fort Drum, in our district.

Ms. Stefanik spoke about her actions such as leading a successful bipartisan effort to include key language in the National Defense Authorization Act and providing alternative energy sources for Fort Drum. Unfortunately, most citizens in our district aren’t aware of her position and actions regarding climate change. They are also unaware that the major security threats being created by climate change are well known and of major concern to our U.S. military experts and our intelligence agencies.

For many people who remain uncertain about climate change, knowing that a Republican like Elise is taking these positions, and in support of our military, can be useful and important information. It can help clarify that these climate change threats are real and enormous, including to our national security, and that we cannot afford to delay action while some politicians try to make this an issue of ideology, instead of one of science and national well-being.

Lance Clark, Hague

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