- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Defense Department warned Wednesday that climate change puts U.S. national security interests at risk and raises the risk of conflict, death, and destruction around the world.

In a report provided to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Pentagon says it will incorporate the changing climate into all major strategic decisions going forward and will consider how extreme weather conditions, droughts, famines, and other potential consequences of global warming could affect governments around the world.

The grim study comes just two months after President Obama described climate change as perhaps the greatest national security threat facing the U.S. today. Wednesday’s report backs up that contention and clearly is intended to provide even more justification for the administration’s broad climate agenda, which centers on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions through costly new government mandates.

“Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political situations — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries,” the Defense Department said. “Communities and states that are already fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges.”

Specifically, the report said that massive flooding in Pakistan in 2010, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and other recent events necessitated the intervention of the U.S. military. The administration blames both events partly on climate change.

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