National Security and the Climate Crisis July 2, 2008 : 5:09 PM

Too often the media reports on the climate crisis as just an environmental issue. This is simply not the case. It is in fact the most serious environmental crisis we have ever faced. But in addition, it has a potentially drastic impact on almost every aspect of our lives.

According to a new report by U.S. Intelligence Agencies, the climate crisis – if not solved -- will lead to large increases in illegal immigration, “create humanitarian disasters and destabilize precarious governments.” Each of these has the potential to effect our national security.

There are many reasons for urgently solving the climate crisis: to save the climate balance that is beneficial for human life and human civilization; to prevent instability in countries that would experience disasters and unrest that could effect our own national security; to use renewable energy as a substitute for dirty polluting coal and foreign oil; to reestablish US business leadership in the world and create millions of new jobs in the national effort to accelerate solutions to this crisis.