Climate Change is a Matter of National Security

NWF   |   May 18, 2009

05-18-09 bald eagle Addressing climate change isn’t just an environmental issue. It’s a national security imperative.

A report released today entitled Powering America’s Defense: Energy and the Risks to National Security highlights warnings from top military leaders that our current pathway is perilous and that our country needs to set a course for a new energy future.

The nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and our "fragile" electric grid pose security threats to our nation and are "exploitable by those who wish to do us harm."

A new poll by National Wildlife Federation finds that two-thirds of all registered supporters support elements of a comprehensive climate and energy plan that will put America on the path to a new energy future, including new standards for energy efficiency, requirements on utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, capping carbon pollution and requiring energy companies to reduce carbon pollution by 20 percent over the next decade, and a "smart grid" to transmit renewable energy sources.

Larry Schweiger

Published: May 18, 2009