Assessing Threats to Global Security, Put Climate First
The Washington Post notes that the cost of the Iraq war – now in excess of $300 billion – equals estimated costs of the U.S implementing the Kyoto Protocol. The best estimate is that it would take $325 billion over decades for the United States to implement Kyoto. This seemingly high figure led the Bush administration to argue that the benefits of the agreement did not justify its costs, unlike the Iraq war apparently. When one factors in already apparent damages from rising seas, extreme weather and ecosystem collapse; it becomes apparent that risks associated with abrupt and runaway climate change is not being properly computed and mitigated against. We can pay the price in terms of renewable energy, energy efficiency and emission reduction investments now or we can pay through the nose later, perhaps with our lives.