The looming environmental crisis is deemed as a threat to National Security according to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
One of the biggest concerns related to security is the fear of power disruptions that would leave the U.S. defenseless against a swarm of attacks from a litany of potential Nemesis’s.
One of the other major causes for concern is the growing number of weather crises that seem to be plaguing America as we see the brunt of global warmings wrath take its toll on the U.S.
According to security experts the nation is extremely vulnerable to attacks whilst its resources and attention is being focused toward the massive task of cleaning up after a major storm event.
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2012 – Climate and environmental change are emerging as national security threats that weigh heavily in the Pentagon’s new strategy, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told an environmental group last night.
“The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security,” Panetta said here at a reception hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund to honor the Defense Department in advancing clean energy initiatives. “Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Panetta said.
Panetta cited the melting of Arctic ice in renewing a longstanding call for the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea. More than 150 nations have accepted the treaty, which has been in force since the early 1990s, and a succession of U.S. government administrations have urged ratification.
Among other things, the convention would guarantee various aspects of passage and overflight for the U.S. military. Panetta urged his audience to use their influence to push for treaty ratification. “We are the only industrialized nation that has not approved that treaty,” he said.
The secretary also said he has great concern about energy-related threats to homeland security that are not driven by climate change.
“I have a deep interest in working to try to ensure from a security perspective that we take measures that will help facilitate and maintain power in the event of an interruption of the commercial grid that could be caused, for example, by a cyber attack which is a reality that we have to confront,” he said.
Source: U S Department of Defense