House-Senate Conference Committee Approves Clinton Amendment to Address National Security Risks Posed by Global Warming
Amendment Included as Part of the FY 2008 Defense Authorization Act
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee has included an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Act which she introduced to require the Department of Defense to consider the national security risks posed by global warming. The amendment will require the Pentagon to address these risks in the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy and Quadrennial Defense Review.
The bill, having been approved by the Conference Committee, will now return to both chambers of Congress for final passage, whereupon it will be sent to the President for his signature.
"Global warming poses many risks, and our nation's response must address all these factorsincluding the threats global warming poses to our national security," said Senator Clinton. "This amendment will require the administration to address the national security implications of climate change. I applaud my colleagues in the Congress for recognizing the importance of this measure."
The Clinton amendment implements many of the recommendations of a report authored by eleven retired three and four-star admirals and generals and released by the CNA Corporation in April. The study, "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change," concluded that global warming presents a "serious national security threat." The study examines how projected climate changes, such as rising sea levels, more intense tropical storms, increased flooding and drought, will have destabilizing impacts, including reduced access to fresh water, impaired food production, and displacement of major populations. The study concludes that these impacts could act as a "threat multiplier" and increase the potential for failed states, cause mass migrations that add to global tensions, and increase conflict over resources.