On June 18, American Security Project (ASP) Director of Climate and Energy Security Alexandra Hackbarth briefed the Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. Hackbarth joined two other experts in discussing the linkages between climate change and U.S. national security. This discussion was timely, as the Senate is currently preparing to consider the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act.
Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Braun (R-IN), co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus, praised the panel as an “educational look” into the direct threats climate impacts like extreme weather and sea-level rise pose to U.S. defense infrastructure and operations—both at home and abroad.
Read the full press release from the Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus here.
Climate security has been a key part of ASP’s issue portfolio since the organization’s founding. Recent work includes Alexandra Hackbarth’s report on China’s post-COVID choice between clean and dirty growth, the impacts of climate change on U.S. security interests in sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of artificial intelligence in climate security.