“Four new piers have been built [at Naval Station Norfolk], which are higher, stronger and better-designed than the old piers. [Navy Captain Joe] Bouchard, who was commander while the first new piers were constructed, says 'they were built with sea-level rise in mind.' But out on the base, nobody wants to talk directly about spending money to deal with sea-level rise, mostly because they are worried about drawing scrutiny from climate deniers in Congress, who are happy to redline any expenditure with the word 'climate' in it. Instead, many people in the military end up talking about the climate similar to the way eighth-graders talk about sex—with code words and suggestive language.”
—From “The Pentagon and Climate Change,”Jeff Goodell’s Rolling Stone article about how the leaders of our armed forces are taking steps to prepare for what lies ahead (even as deniers in Congress ignore the warnings)
onEarth provides reporting and analysis about environmental science, policy, and culture. All opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of NRDC. Learn more or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.