Welton Chang, Fellow with Truman National Security Project and co-director of Truman’s Philadelphia chapter, spoke to The Hill about the importance of keeping the climate change amendment in the NDAA. 

“Two weeks ago, the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in order to bolster our defense against climate change. This amendment offered by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) would require the Pentagon to conduct a study on the impact of climate change on U.S. military installations and to submit a report to Congress of the ten military installations most vulnerable to a changing climate.

Recently, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) submitted another amendment, co-sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), to strike the above amendment from the NDAA.

These actions deny the existence of the threat of climate change and will severely hamper the at-home security of our men and women in uniform. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, quoted in the bill, attested to the need for climate change effects to be incorporated into military planning. He also said, ‘I agree that the effects of a changing climate—such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others—impact our security situation.’

The amendment, through encouraging research and reporting on the impacts of climate change on military installations, will work to strengthen U.S. national security both at home and abroad by helping to identify which bases are most at risk to rising sea levels and worsening hurricanes…”

Read the full article here. Views expressed are his own.