BREAKING: Pentagon declares climate change a “national security issue”

According to a Wednesday announcement, the Biden-era Pentagon will incorporate and consider climate change into its future National Defense Strategy.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin said in a statement “I fully support the President’s direction today to include climate considerations as an essential element of our national security and to assess the impacts of climate change on our security strategies, operations, and infrastructure.”

“Since 2010, the Department of Defense has acknowledged that the planet’s changing climate has a dramatic effect on our missions, plans, and installations,” he continues “Every year, we see the consequences of increasing incidents of flooding, drought, wildfires, and extreme weather events on our installations at home. Every year, our commanders and their Allies and partners conduct operations that result from instability in societies strained by desertification, the threat of adversary access to homelands through the Arctic, and the demands for humanitarian assistance worldwide”

Austin concludes “there is little about what the Department does to defend the American people that is not affected by climate change.  It is a national security issue, and we must treat it as such.”

Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted “across the world, climate change poses an existential threat not only to our environment – but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. That’s why @POTUS took executive action to address the climate crisis.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted “I’m pleased to see @SecDef‘s pledge to incorporate climate change into the Pentagon’s planning. I’ve pushed our military leaders to treat the #ClimateCrisis like the national security threat it is.”

She added “I look forward to working with Secretary Austin to reduce DOD’s carbon footprint.”