Why Climate Change Is A Bigger Threat To U.S. Than Terrorism

A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. David Goldman / Associated Press
A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
A street is flooded near the ocean after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. David Goldman / Associated Press

Why Climate Change Is A Bigger Threat To U.S. Than Terrorism

As we commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks, historian and author Juan Cole draws attention to what he believes to be a more urgent threat to the U.S. than terrorism. In his latest article, “On 9/11: How we slighted the real Threat, Climate Change, and Hyped Terrorism,” Cole details and compares the human, financial, and societal cost of climate change to those of terrorism in post-9/11 America. We’ll talk with Cole, professor of history at the University and publisher of the Informed Comment blog. His most recent book is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.