Military Recognizes Climate Change Even as Admin Questions it
The newspaper noted four top military officials testified in front of Congress last week that they see climate change as a significant security threat.
This comes as the White House devised a plan in February to challenge the scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels is key to climate change. Several agencies have said they do not anticipate taking part in the plan, the newspaper reported.
Meanwhile, Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, appearing before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Thursday cited the conflict in Syria as an example of how climate change’s impact is already destabilizing some nations.
He was asked about recent comments made by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
“Most don’t remember what caused the Syria conflict to start,” Goldfein said. “It started because of a 10-year drought.”
“I think what . . . Chairman Dunford was talking about was that we have to respond militarily very often to the effects of, globally, of climate change.”
And Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti was asked whether he agreed that climate change presents a security threat.
“I do, and I believe that, as you noted, much of this will be drivers for potential conflict, or at least very difficult situations that nations have to deal with,” he said.
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