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A Presidential Perspective on Climate Change and Security
By Neil Bhatiya, Climate and Diplomacy Fellow, The Center for Climate and Security
In a wide-ranging story published today in the Atlantic, correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg analyzes the Obama Administration’s foreign policy record, and the particular mix of ideas, experiences, and emotions that underpin the President’s approach to the world. Over the course of several years, Goldberg has discussed global crises with the President, from Afghanistan to Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Among the fascinating details is an excerpt that reveals how the President tries to think of the varied threats facing the country: (more…)
Pres. Obama On How Climate Risks Compare To Other National Security Priorities
U.S. Coast Guard On the Front Lines of Climate Change and National Security
Today, President Obama delivered the commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Excerpts from the speech related to climate change and security are below. The White House also simultaneously released a review of federal reports on climate change and national security here (for more documents and resources, see our ClimateSecurity101). Below are responses from Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board members and staff.
Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw, US Marine Corps (ret), Advisory Board Member, The Center for Climate and Security
“The U.S. Coast Guard is on the front lines of the national security implications of a changing climate. It’s time our nation’s policy-makers gave them the support they need to help prevent, prepare for and respond to those risks.” (more…)
State of the Union: Pentagon Recognizes “Immediate Risks” Posed by Climate Change
In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama recognized the Pentagon’s concerns about the security risks of a changing climate, stating:
The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.