Climate and National Security: Considering the Connection

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Date(s) - 6/8/20128:30 am - 11:00 am

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On June 8, 2012 the George C. Marshall Institute hosted a panel discussion concerning the linkage between anthropogenic climate change and U.S. national security.

Driven by dire predictions derived from the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concerns about the impacts of anticipated climatic changes have burst onto the national security agenda.

The danger of this approach is that it offers a sense of urgency that may not be warranted, given the gaps in the current state of knowledge about climate, the known flaws in the methods used to construct the scenarios on which these security scenarios are based, and confusing the underlying causes of those security concerns.

On June 8, the Institute hosted a panel discussion to consider: How are the claims that climate change poses security threats derived? How probable are those threats? How do those probabilities compare to other known or expected security concerns?

Panelists included:

  • Patrick Michaels, Senior Research Fellow for Policy and Economic Development at George Mason University;
  • Ivan Eland, Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute;
  • Steven Bucci, Senior Research Fellow Defense & Homeland Security at The Heritage Foundation;
  • Peter Huessy, President, Geostrategic Analysis

Climate and National Security:
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