A new Pentagon report found that nearly half of the United States military bases around the world and under threat due to increasingly dangerous weather caused by climate change.
The vulnerability assessment, based on a survey of military personnel at each site both at home and abroad, with around 50% of 1,684 sites reporting damage from six key categories of those risks.
• Flooding due to storm surge
• Flooding due to non-storm surge events (e.g., rain, snow, sleet, ice, river overflow)
• Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold)
The Department of Defense report stated:
“Changes in climate can potentially shape the environment in which we operate and the missions we are required to do. If extreme weather makes our critical facilities unusable or necessitates costly or manpower-intensive workarounds, that is an unacceptable impact.”
The Pentagon’s report goes against what the Trump administration has been pushing since the start ignoring scientific facts pointing that climate change is a threat to our national security. One of Trumps major moves sense being President was removing the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement that was put in place by the Obama administration to help curb greenhouse emissions.
The Pentagon survey investigated the effects of “a changing climate” on all US military bases worldwide, which it said numbered more than 3,000.
John Conger, who is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate and Security in Washington, said the report’s commissioning by Congress showed a growing interest by lawmakers into the risks that climate change poses to national security.
The Pentagon says it still views climate change as potential threat, just not one of the highest-priority ones.
“There are many, many priorities to the department, but we had to distill them into that critical few,” Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said in December when asked about the strategies. “So it doesn’t mean that it’s not a priority, or that it is a priority. What it says is, in the National Defense Strategy, we don’t address it.”
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The report was published late last week and brought to public attention early on this week by the Center for Climate and Security.