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Climate Change and National Security in Pennsylvania

800px-FEMA_-_25261_-_Pennsylvania_Photograph_by_Leif_Skoogfors_taken_on_07-05-2006_in_PennsylvaniaRear Admiral Dave Titley, USN (ret), an Advisory Board member of ours and professor at Penn State University, and Brigadier General Steve Cheney, USMC (ret) of the American Security Project, recently spoke at Washington and Jefferson college in Pennsylvania about the national security implications of a changing climate. The audience was a sizable one, including “13 ROTC students from the school.”

As reported in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Observer-Reporter:

“Why did the Department of Defense get into this?” he [RADM Titley] asked Monday night inside Washington & Jefferson College’s Burnett Center. “The fact is its leaders have seen these changes firsthand and realize that if you don’t prepare for them, there will be consequences.”

The discussion was part of a national tour organized by our friends at the American Security Project (ASP). Read the full article here.

Coverage also included an excellent radio interview with ASP’s Andrew Holland. In that interview, Holland related the infrastructure threat posed by climate change to other more traditional security threats, stating:

“Things like extreme weather, extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, floods,” Holland said, “these all threaten infrastructure in a way, much like terrorism does, or other more traditional threats to national security.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

1 Comment

  1. Vlad Fomin says:

    U.S. Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry calls on the international community to take all necessary measures to combat global climate change :
    “We all have to accept this challenge . In a sense, climate change can now be considered the biggest weapon of mass destruction , and perhaps the most frightening of such weapons , “- said Mr. Kerry.
    U.S. Secretary of State compared people who deny the existence of the climate issue , with those who still believe the earth is flat . “Science is accurate, and those who refuse to believe it, just bury their heads in the sand. We have no time to talk with those who believe the earth is flat , “- said Mr. Kerry.
    I repeat : it was the military ( including being retired) most acutely aware and understand the security threats awaiting humanity from climate change in the near future . Only … in any case impossible to try to resist the energy of the surface layer of the Earth so energy potential that is at the disposal of mankind … including nuclear weapons .

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