Climate Change: Pay Now Or Pay Later

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As reported November 16, 2012 in The Energy Collective article U.S. Military Invests In Sustainability, “Most senior ranking military officials acknowledge the need to address the risks posed by climate change. Even military men that were around long before the Obama administration believe that it is urgent that we address climate change.” The On Project’s previous blog of March 14, 2012 noted that one of those top military officials is Rear Admiral David W. Titley, who in 2009 was appointed as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as well as Director of the Task Force Climate Change. The Admiral describes himself as a former “climate change skeptic,” whose skepticism entirely dissolved when faced with a growing data bank of reliable scientific observations of various climate change measurements taken around the world. According to Admiral Titley, there are at least six objective evidentiary categories that lead to the inescapable conclusion that our climate is changing. That undeniable evidence is: global air temperature readings, global water temperature readings, the heat in the deep ocean, the retreat of the glaciers, the thinning of ice in the Arctic, and the ice sheets coming off Greenland and West Antarctica. Among the top military brass adding their public voice to Titley’s is Admiral John Nathman, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command under President George W. Bush. According to The Energy Collective, Nathman’s warning on global warming is nothing short of an urgent call to action: “There are serious risks to doing nothing about climate change. We can pay now or we’re going to pay a whole lot later. The U.S. has a unique opportunity to become energy independent, protect our national security and boost our economy while reducing our carbon footprint. We’ve been a model of success for the rest of the world in the past and now we must lead the way on climate change.” Nathman is right. To meaningfully and timely address climate change someone must demonstrate leadership. If not, the world will endure an increasing number of Hurricane Sandys, with their attendant loss of human life and catastrophic economic damages. And the very essence of leadership is to boldly envision a better future and inspire our fellow citizens to work together and make that vision a reality. American History gives us stirring examples, which are more than ample proof that such visionary change is not merely possible…but probable when we put our collective strength behind firm commitment. One prime historical case in point: as President Abraham Lincoln faced the greatest challenge in our nation’s history…a prolonged civil war, threatening to forever divide the country…he maintained an unwavering conviction and faith in a vision yet to manifest: that the United States would ultimately stand as one. The President’s inspiring words reflected that conviction: “To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.” True to Lincoln’s vision and belief in the unseen, the nation remained united and healed its wounds. One hundred years later, another visionary U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, again demonstrated the American spirit of commitment to a worthy vision when he challenged us to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. And just as President Lincoln’s inspiration to save the Union manifested into reality, President Kennedy’s vision came to pass on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind. It is central to our national heritage to dream lofty dreams…and come together to make them real. It is what we value and who we are. So when we ask the question, “Who is that someone to step forward and provide leadership on climate change,” we need look no further for the answer than our own mirrors. As the old moral imperative inquires: If not us, who? If not now, when? The On Project and Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation most humbly and respectfully invite everyone to join us in leading the way to a cleaner and brighter future for all of our children, grandchildren, and untold generations to come.