Escobar, Warren Announce Legislation to Require Dept. of Defense to Adapt to Climate Change Threat
Bicameral Bill Would Strengthen Military Readiness by Making DOD Infrastructure and Operations More Energy Efficient and Resilient to Climate Change. DOD Would Be Required to Achieve Net Zero Emissions from Non-Combat Bases and Infrastructure by 2030
Washington, DC, May 15, 2019
Representative Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced the Department of Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act. The bicameral legislation, which will be formally introduced this week, would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to adapt its infrastructure and operations to address climate change and improve energy efficiency in order to strengthen military readiness.
The Department of Defense has recognized the threat of climate change for years. For example, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report summarized that climate change will pose threats to the nation's coastal infrastructure and require adjustments to DoD facilities and operations, and a report issued earlier this year reaffirmed this assessment. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, eight different military leaders have publicly confirmed to Senator Warren the threat that climate change already poses to U.S. national security and strategic interests around the world and the need to address it.
"Our military has already begun the important work of addressing the risks of a changing climate, but we need to do more to address this exceptional challenge," said Congresswoman Escobar. "The DoD Resiliency and Readiness Act is a bold proposal that will accelerate our military efforts, ensuring that we can better anticipate and respond to the threats posed by climate change and work strategically toward true resiliency."
"Climate change is a national security threat and adapting to it is essential to maintaining our military readiness," said Senator Warren. "Our bill will help us confront this threat with the urgency it deserves through adaption of our military's infrastructure and operations to climate change and enhanced energy efficiency."
"Senator Warren and Representative Escobar's bill is a bold and vital proposal to require the Department of Defense to take the action science demands by ensuring the military remains prepared in the face of the climate crisis and does its part to slash all of its climate pollution," said Liz Martin Perera, Climate Policy Director at the Sierra Club.
The Department of Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act would require the DoD to take specific actions to adapt to climate change and improve energy efficiency: