The St. Louis South County Times recently reported on a trip that four star General Ron Keys, USAF (ret.) made to Missouri which included a stop to talk to members of the St. Louis Young Republicans and the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. Gen. Keys’ message was very clear: we need to end our dependence on fossil fuels, and address the national security risks of climate change.
The Times quotes Gen. Keys:
My pitch is that we have to end our dependency on fossil fuels for energy security reasons and because the world is going to become more and more unstable with the effects of climate change,” said Keys. “I am with the CNA Military Advisory Board, a group that is very concerned about what’s ahead for America if we don’t change our energy policies.
Gen. Keys noted that climate change can be a factor driving instability globally, but he stressed the homeland security implications as well:
However, people need to realize that the effects of global warming are not in some faraway country overseas,” said Keys. “It is here in the U.S. right now, whether it’s areas of intense drought, abnormal heat waves or unusual flooding in certain locations.
The South County Times interviewed several people who attended the event, and supported Gen. Keys’ position.
Lastly, Gen. Keys stressed another important message: climate change is a matter of national security, not partisan bickering. His devotion to national security and bipartisanship, through his work as Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, and his participation in CNA’s Military Advisory Board, bears this out.
The Center for Climate and Security strongly supports Gen. Keys’ efforts, and the continued work of CNA’s Military Advisory Board.