On August 5, ASP’s CEO BGen. Stephen Cheney was quoted in Charleston’s Post and Courier prior to a speaking engagement at a Center for Climate and Security conference in the city this Tuesday. The conference and Cheney’s statements both centered on the effects of climate change on US military assets in South Carolina.
The Associated Press also wrote on the issue, citing the Post and Courier article and General Cheney’s assessment of the situation.
As the former commander of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, Cheney commented on the impacts of sea level rise on this crucial military installation:
“Seventeen of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, and the loss of space [due to sea level rise] is more than an inconvenience… [it] turns into a security issue. It turns into a tactical issue.”
Cheney explained that sea level rise will negatively impact the military’s ability to move troops and armaments, train troops, and even staff the base at Parris Island, as well as other installations like Naval Station Norfolk, several nearby Coast Guard stations, and the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.
The conference on Tuesday, titled “Sea Level Rise & Security in South Carolina: Implications for Military & Civilian Communities” was co-sponsored by the Center for Climate and Security and the Charleston Resilience Network.
For more information read “Parris Island, Charleston Coast Guard threatened by rising seas, global warming” in its entirety on the Post and Courier website.