by Luis Miguel, The New American:
The Pentagon will now be treating climate change as a national-security threat, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said this week.
This is a huge deviation from the Trump administration, which did not make any such declarations on the issue. The announcement also comes after Joe Biden signed various executive orders to cut oil, gas, and coal emissions and to double the production of energy from offshore wind turbines.
In a statement, Austin said the Defense Department “will immediately take appropriate policy actions to prioritize climate change considerations in our activities and risk assessments, to mitigate this driver of insecurity. As directed by the President, we will include the security implications of climate change in our risk analyses, strategy development, and planning guidance.”