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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Charles H. “Chuck” Jacoby Jr. is a retired four-star Army general with 36 years’ experience leading military, government, and international organizations. He was the first Army officer to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the organization of the U.S. and Canada that manages aerospace warning and control operations in North America. Jacoby now is a senior vice... Read More
Officials from the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) participated in a discussion about the federal recovery and response infrastructure at a Feb. 1 event hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts titled “Extreme Weather—Our Nation’s Response.” 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.