The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced a new project designed to gather and share with the public viewpoints on the critical links between national security, energy, and global warming.
The Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate will bring together science and military policy experts to examine new strategies for combating climate change, protecting national security, increasing the country's energy independence, and preserving the nation's natural resources. Former Senator John Warner (R-VA) will serve as spokesperson for the project and will work with the Obama administration, state and municipal governments, local organizations, and military, security, and climate experts in U.S. cities to address the climate-security nexus.
A recent CNA Military Advisory Board report identified a series of risks posed by U.S. energy policies and practices and warned that "business as usual is perilous because of the converging national security risks of energy demand and climate change." Similarly, the National Intelligence Council recently found that global warming could directly impact the United States by threatening energy supplies, damaging military bases, increasing food and water shortages, and stressing the economy.
"I am highly honored to join Pew's efforts," said Warner, who in 2006 co-sponsored the Climate Security Act with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). "I spent thirty years in the U.S. Senate working on behalf of our men and women in uniform serving our country and on the issues related to the impact of climate changes on their future military roles and missions. Leading military and security experts agree that if left unchecked, global warming could increase instability and lead to conflict in already fragile regions of the world. We ignore these facts at the peril of our national security and at great risk to those in uniform who serve this nation."