Tuesday, November 17, 2009

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

A new report details the threats to our national security posed by climate change -- threats that can be avoided by passing bold climate change and clean energy solutions legislation:

Global climate change presents a serious national security threat which could impact Americans at home, impact United States military operations and heighten global tensions, according to a new study released by a blue-ribbon panel of retired admirals and generals from all branches of the armed services.

The study, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change,” explores ways projected climate change is a threat multiplier in already fragile regions, exacerbating conditions that lead to failed states — the breeding grounds for extremism and terrorism.

The CNA Corporation brought together eleven retired three-star and four-star admirals and generals to provide advice, expertise and perspective on the impact of climate change.

The report includes several formal findings:
  • Projected climate change poses a serious threat to America's national security.
  • Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.
  • Projected climate change will add to tensions even in stable regions of the world.
  • Climate change, national security and energy dependence are a related set of global challenges.
The report also made several specific recommendations...

If only our political system wasn't so strictly partisan -- and people would actually vote on the what's best for their constituents, and Harry Reid would do to the Republicans what they'd had done if Democrats had so abused the filibuster when in the minority -- maybe we could get a solution out of Congress.

Which Senatorial leaders or fence-sitters are ready to be bold here..?

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