On September 4th, ASP President Brigadier General Stephen Cheney was quoted in an article by Anton Delgado with The Arizona Republic. The article focuses on a recent webinar hosted by Arizona Forward, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Association of Defense Communities, regarding the effects of climate change on military readiness. Cheney was a key speaker for the event, citing that “we have to acknowledge the risk of climate change… If there is any one part of us that is threatened the most, it’s our national security.”
The effects of climate change on our military are real and potentially dangerous. When temperatures are too hot, outdoor training is suspended. Flight time for airmen is limited too, as hotter temperatures create thinner air conditions. To combat these effects, Cheney offers some simple solutions, solar energy (Arizona is a prime location for it), and individual action; “moderate your air conditioning, cut down on power use, there are a multitude of things the individual American can do.”
Read the full article from The Arizona Republic here.