Thursday, October 15, 2009

Address Climate Change as a National Security Threat, Urges Bipartisan Group

post for Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

A group of top U.S. foreign policy and national security leaders issued a statement last month urging Congress and the Administration to "transcend the political issues that divide us - by party and by region" and engage cooperation on climate change because of national security concerns. The bipartisan group, convened by the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), calls for "a clear, comprehensive, realistic and broadly bipartisan plan" that will allow the U.S. to lead the development of a global strategy to mitigate and adapt to the climate change crisis (emphasis is mine). Their statement is timely with international negotiations over climate change action slated for this December in Copenhagen.

The statement terms climate change "a national security issue." Calling for immediate U.S. action, it suggests that "the longer we wait to act, the harder it will be to mitigate and respond to [climate change's] impacts." The bipartisan statement is signed by eight former Senators, three former National Security Advisors, two former Secretaries of State, a former Secretary of Defense, and both the Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission. The statement, entitled "Climate Change Threatens All Americans. We Must Work together on an American Strategy," and its signers are found on the PSA website.

"American leadership is necessary to address the threat of climate change," said PSA Advisory Board co-chair former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN). "The United States must work to forge a consensus, both domestically and internationally, with leaders from around the world and both parties, on a unified strategy that can succeed in countering this threat to international security."

"Our efforts to combat climate change will be only as enduring as they are cooperative, as effective as they are concerted. The United States urgently needs a bipartisan solution that recognizes climate change as a critical security issue," said PSA Advisory Board co-chair and former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH).

Source: Partnership for a Secure America. Press Release 9/8/2009. No copyright restrictions.CONTACT: Michael Landweber


an average patriot said...

The idiots on the right will never cooperate. Knowing what we all see daily this blew me away1

Tea party organizer Allen Olson said there is no global warming. I mean get real! What percentage is man made or natural can be debated but like it or not Global warming is here!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I'm all for it! I suppose the only way to really get the right-wing to truly address the problem is to show they a way they can make a huge profit.

Beach Bum said...

I believe I heard Olson say the same thing on Hardball the other night. Dear Lord, South Carolina produces some real intellectual winners.

TomCat said...

Billie, it's a great Idea, but I agree with Jim. The Republican climate change mantra is "Drill Baby Drill."

AArdvarker said...

The Dems are a one-note band. Healthcare is so important but they need to be tackling and changing things on so many levels. Where is that change we were promised??

Maithri said...


You're amazing...

I read something recently about climate change being another way in which the 'first' world oppresses the developing world...because it is the developed world which creates the vast majority of greenhouse gases....and it is the developed world which relies the most on subsistence farming for their livelihoods...therefore drought means death to so many...

We need to get our act together and fast.

So much love to you my revolutionary friend,


Brother Tim said...

I totally agree that global warming and climate change are real. However, referring to it as a National Security Threat is fear-mongering at it's best.

Let's try some of these on for size:

The Wall Street Bankers are a National Security Threat.

The Republican obstructionists are a National Security Threat.

The Blue-dog Democrats are a National Security Threat.

High unemployment is a National Security Threat.

Greedy Corporatists are a National Security Threat.

Homelessness caused by Foreclosures and Medical Bankruptcies is a National Security Threat.

TomCat said...

Is Billie hiding in her fields? ;-)

Brother Tim said...

I saw her taking a nap behind a peach tree. ;)

TomCat said...

We better get on her case. ;-)

Border Explorer said...

You guys soooooo have my number. I've been playing on Facebook. Cripes, I'm a baaaaaaad blogger these days.

I really don't deserve these wonderful comments. I read each one with delight. Thanks a million, Friends, for visiting, reading and commenting.

Robert Rouse said...

BE, just thought I would drop by and let you know I've started political blogging again at

Robert Rouse said...

Billie, glad to see you're using your real name on here now. We still have groups like the Better Business Bureau saying global warming is a myth and there are others who claim the Earth has been getting colder over the past decade, so there will always be a few "mainstream" and fringe groups trying to make us forget climate change until it is too late.

Fortunately, I think more Americans than ever before are now factually aware.

Dave Dubya said...

Relax folks. We'll see efforts to deal with climate change when the republicans and corporatists figure out how to cash in on it, at all our expense.

In the meantime there's still plenty of loot to be scooped up in denying its existence.

Now pass me the sunscreen, please.