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Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

After Sandy, environmentalists, military find common cause

It doesn’t make sense to cast all public policy challenges as “wars on (fill in the blank).” The combative language can seem way too harsh when applied to, say, drug dependency; military terms can’t really convey the deeply personal implications of cancer treatment and research.

But war might be an entirely accurate — and now even more appropriate — word to describe the urgency of the effort to curb climate change. As Hurricane Sandy swept through this country, environmental activists found an unexpected ally: the military, a group not usually known for its liberal leanings.

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