wired.com - 7 days ago
How Climate Change Denial Threatens National Security
In a cramped meeting room Wednesday on Capital Hill, House Democrats hosted a roundtable to discuss climate change with several national security experts.
In attendance were two former admirals, a retired general, a once-ambassador to Nigeria, and the former undersecretary to the Secretary of Defense. Over several hours of questioning, they described how climate change would escalate instability across the globe and make it harder for the US military to conduct its operations. Nothing they said, however, was all that new. In fact, the Department of Defense has known about, and sometimes planned for, the security threats created by climate change for well over a decade. Congressional Democrats—minority members of the House Science Committee—called the roundtable as a plea to the Republican-led Congress to stop standing in the way of the military's preparations for the heightened dangers of a warming world. One of the key phrases here is "threat multiplier." Coined about a decade ago by panelist Sherri Goodman, a former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, it means climate change will raise the stakes for existing conflicts, and push unstable communities toward catastrophe.
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