I wish people on the left would have more common sense about linking one issue to another. Yes virtually everything is connected in the big picture but they aren’t when trying to define or present an issue to the general public. It is naive to think everyone has the same grasp of the issues especially when an issue or an idea may be new to them. It is therefore self defeating to mix (or muddle) one issue with another when trying to convince someone about something they aren’t well versed in.
While those of us (like the author for example) who understand that things are connected whether scientifically or through societal or other linkages, that doesn’t mean that you will convince someone of the merits of your cause by confusing or rather conflating it with other causes.
People on the left resort to this conflating of issues far too often. The result is to find the right mislabeling or mistagging the main issue with confusing side issues or even with outrageously bogus mischaracterizations that stem from these side issues.
The right says the Green New Deal wants to take away our hamburgers! Now vegetarians may have a serious point about eating less meat (cutting down forests to create more grazing for more cattle) and that the meat industry creates a lot of methane. Similarly, the author points out the connection between war and climate change. Or does he mean excessive military budgets? Or the increase in pollution caused by the military? Clearly his is an anti-war message which is important to people on the left as peace defines us.
However the Green New Deal is a starting point for discussing ways to save the planet and in fact he is almost arguing against the GND in favor of his own main issue.
This muddling of issues is often what the right tries to do, hoping to turn off one person to climate issues by linking it with some other issue. Take away hamburgers?
Personally I would rather that someone on the right who disagrees with me on other issues would link arms with me as we both protest march against climate change. We can disagree about those other issues (like war and third world poverty et al) later.
On fighting climate change … we both agree.