It's a fact of life. Unless it's at your doorstep, it's not a priority.
I wonder if after Sandy's rage last week there's still doubt that climate change is a national security issue? The super storm was caused by the warm up of the Caribbean.
See, Sandy's punch doesn't need to feel warm in order to be a product of global warming.
It's time that policy makers came to see climate change and global warming as the national security issues they really are. This realization made New York mayor Bloomberg change his presidential endorsement last minute and instead back President Obama, believing that among the two contestants, Obama would be the one to take on these issues.
As I said in the beginning, it's not a priority, unless it's at your doorstep. Perhaps now Americans realize why climate change is a priority for small island countries like the Maldives, which already know they'll disappear eventually. An issue changes its shape and color from a philanthropic/scientific debate exercise to an issue of survival in the moment you have to leave your house and evacuate.
Security organizations like NATO should also take up climate change as a security priority. Climate change was missing from the 2012 NATO Summit agenda. Something to think about for the next summit.