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Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti to the EU: “Failure to set a robust 2030 climate target will hurt our national security”
For almost a decade, Royal Navy Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti has been an intelligent and measured public voice for action on addressing the national security implications of a changing climate. In addition to his former roles as the UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change, and before that, the UK’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy, he helped found the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a group of serving and retired military officers “committed to stressing their concerns about the security implications of climate change and to promoting a positive role of the military worldwide to help address the challenge of climate change.” In this context, his warnings should be taken seriously. (more…)
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the tireless former Climate and Energy Security Envoy for the United Kingdom, has been appointed to serve as the UK’s interim climate change envoy by the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague. For at least the next nine months, this puts Admiral Morisetti in charge of international climate change negotiations, where he will join his U.S. counterpart Todd Stern. We look forward to his contribution in this space, where he will be in a position to offer a very useful security perspective to the climate talks.
Also, if you subscribe to E&E news, Lisa Friedman published a good writeup this morning on the appointment, and the UK’s evolving climate priorities.
As part of a national tour, General Ronald Keys (Ret., USAF), and British Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti recently spoke to the Energy Innovation Business Council of Michigan on the security imperative of developing alternative energies and combating climate change. According to MLive, Retired General Keys, who is a member of CNA’s Military Advisory Board, stated: “This is not a passing fad or a bunch of folks hugging trees…For us, this is serious business.” Speaking to the security rationale for energy efficiency and alternative fuel-development, General Keys also highlighted the significant dangers involved in protecting fuel convoys on the field of battle, which have cause around 10% of soldier deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to General Keys: “If we can reduce the amount of convoys, we’ll reduce the amount of blood spilled…Every gallon of fuel is a vulnerability and puts people in harm’s way. That is why the Department of Defense cares about this so much.”
Rear Admiral Morisetti followed with his assessment of the security implications of climate change: “Climate change will increase the stress in parts of the world where we will see instability in areas that we have had conflicts for the past 30 years.”
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