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