Joe Tate, Operation Free Veteran and Truman National Security Project Defense Council Member, discusses the consequences of leaving the Paris Climate Agreement in The Detroit News.

“President Donald Trump recently withdrew the country from the Paris Agreement, a landmark pact to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. This decision will negatively affect America’s national security, economic stability, environmental interests, and status as a world leader.

At a national level, the U.S. Department of Defense has been aware of climate change as a catalyst for instability and a threat to security. When Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, current Defense Secretary James Mattis highlighted the challenges climate change posed that the military would be called upon to address, such as rising sea levels and increasing natural disasters. Furthermore, in a 2015 report, the Pentagon identified additional risks such as drought, refugee flows, and decreased Arctic ice cover — which are all results of global climate change threatening security.

As the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, the Pentagon is trying to find solutions to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while incorporating renewable energy sources to its portfolio. But the withdrawal will only make such solutions more elusive, and reflects a misalignment of national security interests…”

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