Energy independence, climate change and national security are interrelated global challenges. U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy constitutes a serious threat—militarily, socially and economically. Predicted impacts of climate change include more frequent and intense storms and droughts, inundation of low-lying areas due to sea level rise, changing patterns of agriculture and an increase in "environmental refugees" fleeing worsening conditions. By stoking instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world and, in turn, threatening America's security, climate change is acting as a "threat multiplier."
Pew’s work highlights the critical links between national security, energy independence, the economy and climate change. In 2009, former Sen. John W. Warner joined with the project to engage state and municipal governments, local organizations and experts to address the climate-security nexus. A veteran of two wars and one of the nation's most distinguished defense experts, Sen. Warner recognizes the expanding roles and missions of our armed forces due to increasing humanitarian disasters and international conflicts over resources, both of which are exacerbated by climate change and our dependence on foreign oil.
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Lt. Gen. John Lejeune, the legendary 13th commandant of the Marine Corps, once said that the success of the Corps depended on “efficient performance of all duties” and “promptly bringing this efficiency to the attention of the proper officials of the government and the American people.” So it was entirely fitting that the Corps held this year’s Expeditionary Energy... Read More
As advisers to the Pew project on national security, energy, and climate, former U.S. Senator John Warner (R-VA) and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Sharon Burke are working to highlight the inextricable links among energy consumption, climate change, and national security. Read More
Extreme Weather—Our Nation’s Response
The expert panel discussed trends in extreme weather over the past decade and the impact of more frequent and more complex weather events on national preparedness and on the United States' natural disaster response framework.