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ASP Statement on Climate Change in 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS)

ASP Statement on Climate Change in 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS)

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Today, the Obama Administration released its second official National Security Strategy (NSS), and for the first time it will list climate change as one of the top threats facing the US. While the Obama Administration has consistently placed emphasis on climate change as a significant threat to national security, this new NSS delves further into the research.

“Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water,” the document states, according to a former U.S. official who has seen the document. “The present day effects of climate change are being felt from the Arctic to the Midwest. Increased sea levels and storm surges threaten coastal regions, infrastructure, and property. In turn, the global economy suffers, compounding the growing costs of preparing and restoring infrastructure.”

The American Security Project is a leading authority on the links between climate change and national security. This new statement from the White House is correct that climate change is one of the most important long-term threats to our national security. It is not simply an environmental issue, it is an urgent threat to national security. The effects of climate change will act as an “accelerant of instability” and as a “threat multiplier” – creating instability around the world. Climate change also threatens Homeland Security, contributing to natural disasters and extreme weather events. Finally, it will harm and threaten existing infrastructure across the globe.

ASP’s CEO, BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.) stressed the importance of this statement:

“Climate change is, and has been, a national security issue for some time. It poses a clear and present danger to both the United States and the world at large. The current administration’s efforts to stress the importance of this issue are well-founded.”

Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, further stressed the importance of this issue:

“The National Security Strategy is right to address climate change as a serious issue. Its effects are far-reaching and pose significant threats to the US. Understanding the effects of climate change is a vital first step, and the administration is taking the appropriate steps to combat this issue.”

 

 

Further media inquiries can be made to: press@americansecurityproject.org

 

 

 

View ASP’s previous work on Climate Change and Climate Security below:

Climate Security Index

National Survey On Global Warming

FACT SHEET: Arctic Climate and Energy

Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic

A New Discourse: Climate Change in the Face of a Shifting U.S. Energy Portfolio

America’s Energy Choices: 2012 Edition

Pay Now, Pay Later: A State-by-State Assessment of the Costs of Climate Change

Degrees of Risk: Defining a Risk Management Framework for Climate Security

Climate Change and Immigration: Warnings for America’s Southern Border

ASP and Sierra Club Release Joint Report Outlining Dangers of Our Reliance on Foreign Oil and the Need for a New Transportation Infrastructure

4 Comments

  1. […] ASP Statement on Climate Change in 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS) The American Security Project “…the Obama Administration released its second official National Security Strategy (NSS), and for the first time it will list climate change as one of the top threats facing the US. While the Obama Administration has consistently placed emphasis on climate change as a significant threat to national security, this new NSS delves further into the research…” […]

  2. Although climate change and global warming are important issues that certainly needs addressing,however, we,the US,has more important securities issues that need immediate attention and that is our borders.

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