National Security Impacts of Climate Change
Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Climate change effects like extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking these threats seriously.
NRCM held two forums to explore how climate change is disrupting communities around the world and impacting America’s national security. Both events were co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, American Security Project, and the World Affairs Council of Maine and were held in Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland in April, 2018. Watch videos of both events below.
This video is from the evening discussion with U.S. Senator Angus King, Lt. General John Castellaw of the U.S.Marine Corps (Ret.), and Roger Sorkin, Executive Director for the American Resilience Project.
Hear the stories of some of Maine’s recent immigrants who have left their homelands because of such instability, with a discussion featuring three New Mainers and Lt. General John Castellaw of the U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.).
Climate change is the most serious environmental threat of our time and requires federal action. With the failure of Congress to tackle this challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pressing forward with pollution limits as required by the Clean Air Act. The EPA's Clean Power Plan would put the first ever limits on climate-changing carbon pollution from power plants. We’ve limited smog, soot, mercury and other pollutants, but never the carbon pollution putting our climate at dire risk.
NRCM is leading a collaborative effort to build support for this proposal. Tens of thousands of Mainers have commented in support to the EPA. Hundreds of Maine businesses—and scores of other organizations—continue calling on our Senators to show leadership in supporting and defending the plan when it is attacked by polluters.
Maine is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which could have devastating impacts on our lobster, ski, foliage, and other nature-based industries. Our coastal communities—vital to our tourism economy—are threatened by increasingly severe storms and sea-level rise. Scientists agree that climate change is causing increased insect-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, and our reliance on dirty energy sources, including oil and coal, contributes to high asthma rates in Maine children and contamination of our lakes, rivers, and streams, and the wildlife that depend on them.
Federal clean energy policies would result in a safer, healthier environment for Maine people. Investing in clean energy and energy efficiency could also mean thousands more good-paying jobs for Maine workers.
Maine can be a leader in creating jobs in efficiency and clean energy research and development. We can also benefit by wisely harnessing our natural sources of clean, renewable energy. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan recognizes the leadership already shown by Maine and the region by putting our own strict limits on carbon pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Now it’s time for the entire country to be taking some of the steps on climate we’ve already begun.
The Trump Administration and Congress are attacking federal protections to limit climate-changing carbon pollution, so NRCM is fighting back. Visit our Climate and Clean Energy pages to see what we’re doing here in state: