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Rahm Emanuel, Climate Change's Public Enemy Number 1

Edward Morris argues that the White House Chief of Staff is to blame for not prioritizing climate change policy in the United States. Here's why.


You may have noticed reports percolating here and there that Rahm Emanuel might leave the White House. To anyone who still holds out hope in the Obama administration and, more importantly, to anyone who still holds out hope that we will come to our senses and address the biggest threat to global security we have ever faced, this is great news. Bye, bye, Rahm, it’s nice to see you go. And the sooner the better.

The greatest threat to our global security is climate change. Floods in Pakistan, fires in Russia, drought in Niger—all events we can expect more of with a climate increasingly in chaos. Not only do these catastrophic events diminish food supplies, kill thousands, raise world food prices, and force people to become refugees, they threaten to destabilize governments. And each government I cited is either a nuclear power or in possession of uranium that makes nuclear weapons.

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