In response to today's release of the US National Security Strategy which cites climate change as “an urgent and growing threat to our national security,” World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from David Reed, senior policy advisor and author of the book “In Pursuit of Prosperity: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resource Scarcity”:
“The US can no longer delay meaningful action when the sharpest security hawks in the federal government point out that climate change is a clear and present threat to national security.
“For decades, some leaders have justified ignoring climate change because it costs too much to deal with. Today’s strategy confirms that the cost of inaction is much higher.
“Moving forward, the federal government needs to take into account climate change and natural resource scarcity as a central tenet of US foreign policy.”