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Climate change and national security

Ronald L. Sass

Climate change and national security.

On May 22, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which specifies the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense and sets the policies under which money (somewhat in excess of $600 billion) will be spent on U.S. defense. However, an amendment added to the bill will keep the Department of Defense from preparing for or performing any military activities that include any construction related to climate change.

Ron Sass, fellow in global climate change, explains the implications of this amendment in "Climate change and national security: A house divided," published in the June 16, 2014, Baker Institute Blog.