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Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn on Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier

091014-N-8273J-024Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (ret) recently spoke to Sirius XM’s POTUS station regarding a recent statement released by the Partnership for a Secure America, and signed by 38 bipartisan national security leaders, including himself. The statement calls for U.S. action on addressing the security implications of climate change in vulnerable parts of the world. Retired Vice Admiral McGinn states:

Its been documented over about the past five years,  that climate change and the severe weather effects that go with it can act as a threat multiplier for instability in key parts of the world where the United States has national security interests.

He also identified some key regions of concern. As reported on Roll Call:

Retired Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn, president and chief executive of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said in a recent radio interview that Pakistan is an example of a country that could turn on a dime because of climate events and become a threat to national and global security if major floods or other weather events become more frequent. Such natural disasters, which displace people and disrupt basic services, put tremendous pressure on society and government, making a country more susceptible to major governmental takeovers or other changes.

“Oh, and by the way, they have nuclear weapons,” he said.

You can listen to the full interview here.

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