Obama: Climate Change Is an “Urgent And Growing Threat” To National Security

The US Navy base in Norfolk, Va., is a key piece of military infrastructure threatened by climate change. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/13315193084/in/photolist-mhBR1y-jma1eu-9dAw36-3235t3-a1Lvja-4iRB5L-7MmVLT-dZmzCN-dZfNYe-8EacfZ-5KJWKm-5xxtpJ-9NEdXe-5ktLwE-4m9PVs-36nsvu-6XjA4F-e73Apc-61CRVC-q3LAoL-age9T3-5zA73B-dZfTkV-b5EqGc-aUxCbz-jh9Pnf-pgKtzh-dZfQyZ-5D9nLu-b8kKya-4d8eCu-fyjA7a-a88jno-pPGRtE-dZmcku-8Edibf-8Edh9j-g5QGik-a5qxkV-8EdfDy-4QnmRJ-2MAVW5-5iE8Ag-36nd5d-36nnsG-4qbiDJ-bbdBBt-htNqa-htNmZ-nNEDnT"> Official U.S. Navy Page</a>/Flickr


President Barack Obama listed climate change alongside international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and infectious disease in a new national security strategy plan released today. The plan called climate change “an urgent and growing threat to our national security” and also called for the United States to diversify its energy sources to insulate the country from disruptions to foreign fossil fuel markets.

This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has singled out climate as a major national security risk: A Pentagon report in October said global warming has become a short-term priority for strategic military planning. But the issue gets much more airtime in today’s strategy than it did in the administration’s first, issued back in 2010, where it merited just a few passing references. Overall, the document is in line with the more aggressive climate message that has emerged this year from the White House. You can read it below:

 

More MotherJones reporting on Climate Desk

MORE HARD-HITTING JOURNALISM

In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones, a special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.