AREDay in Aspen: U.S. military sold on threat posed by climate change | AspenTimes.com
Another panel member, Christine Todd Whitman, said the cataclysmic flooding besieging Pakistan demonstrates the connection between climate change and U.S. national security. While scientists are generally loathe to tie a specific weather event to climate change, it's different with the catastrophe in Pakistan. Extended drought made it difficult for the hardened soil to absorb rain. And the deluge came in epic proportion.
“On this one they're almost all coming together saying, ‘This is what we're talking about,'” said Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush. [Who, specifically, are "they", and how does Whitman know what all of "them" think about CO2's alleged influence on this episode of flooding in Pakistan?]
Some audience members expressed optimism that the military's acknowledgment of climate change as a problem would convince the global-warming deniers — as skeptics are labeled — to change their opinion.