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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The U.S. Defense Department (DOD) could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually and boost energy security by installing more microgrids and renewable power systems, and increasing energy efficiency on military bases, according to new research conducted by Noblis Inc. and commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
Have an innovative clean energy technology with potential military applications? Want to work with the U.S. Department of Defense on project installations to meet federal goals? On April 8, Pew hosted a discussion with senior defense officials on ways the business community can partner with DOD on research and development of advanced energy technologies. A subsequent conversation, co-organized... Read More
Remarks from Deborah Lee James, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, about the military service’s new energy security strategy. Read More
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