John Conger writes in Defense One: “Is Climate Change America’s Greatest Security Threat?”

"President Biden tells a story from early in his tenure as vice president when he and then-President Obama visited the Pentagon and met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the meeting, Biden says, the Joint Chiefs told him that climate change was the greatest threat to American security. He invoked this story again during his recent European visit…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T23:21:22-04:00June 14, 2021|Climate & Environment|

John Conger writes for Climate and Security: “Climate Security: A Tale of Two Defense Hearings”

"Sometimes you want to hear from the very top, and sometimes you want to get into the details. In the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Congress has done both, and each one teaches us something important about the way the Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to deal with climate change early in this Administration…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T19:59:15-04:00June 3, 2021|Climate & Environment|

John Conger quoted in Newsweek article, “U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Calls Climate Change ‘an Existential Threat’”

"With the U.S. Department of Defense officially recognizing climate change as an 'existential threat,' adaptive changes to military bases with climate-related vulnerabilities will require location- and objective-based assessments, experts with The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a nonpartisan institute, and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit, told Newsweek. "'For them, it is a pragmatic, non-political issue,' CCS Director John Conger, a former comptroller and principal deputy under secretary of defense, told Newsweek. 'It is about protecting their ability [...]

2021-07-20T18:49:50-04:00May 7, 2021|Climate & Environment|

Danny Russel quoted in The Washington Post article, “Kerry Expected to Travel to China in First Visit by Top Biden Official”

"Following the contentious meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials in Anchorage in March, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that the two sides had decided to set up a working group on climate change among other modest but specific joint initiatives. But U.S. officials told The Washington Post that no such agreements were made — a point analysts said reflected the Biden administration’s aversion to get trapped into Beijing’s style of formalized meetings that may or may not produce results. "'These [...]

2021-04-10T13:18:46-04:00April 10, 2021|Climate & Environment|

Michèle Flournoy quoted in Politico article, “Electric Vehicles and Biofuel: Pentagon Poised to Go Greener Under Biden”

"Michèle Flournoy, who served as Obama’s Pentagon policy chief, agreed that the department has a significant role to play in reducing America’s carbon footprint. In particular, the Pentagon could use its vast budget for research and development to accelerate the development of new technologies to fight climate change. "'If you were to make [DoD] a platform for demonstrating and scaling the adoption of green technology, that could create a meaningful level of demand in the market to help grow green technology [...]

2021-03-31T20:30:48-04:00March 31, 2021|Climate & Environment|

Meghan O’Sullivan cited in Bloomberg article, “What Countries Will Fight Over When Green Energy Dominates”

"Meghan O’Sullivan, director of Harvard’s geopolitics of energy initiative, has argued that shale also gives the U.S. significant foreign policy freedom. The added supply reduced potential for blowback from oil-price effects when America levied sanctions against Iran, blocking its oil from the global market…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-03-16T00:01:07-04:00March 16, 2021|Climate & Environment|
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