We know climate change poses a national security risk. Regular intelligence reports on the security threat will ensure Congress has the best information to address climate change while protecting our national security and economic prosperity.
Read more about Congressman Peters’ bill in this April 26th piece from Politico Pro, posted below:
Democrat’s bill would mandate intelligence report on climate
By Nico Portuondo
April 26, 2023
California Democratic Rep. Scott Peters is planning to introduce legislation Wednesday that would require a new intelligence community report on the security implications of climate change every four years.
The California climate hawk’s bill would codify part of a 2021 executive order requiring the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) craft a study evaluating the economic and national security impacts of climate change. The first-ever edition of the report came out later that year.
“From the threat of migration crises to increased competition over resources like water, the original NIECC made clear that climate change poses a serious national security risk,” said Peters.
“Congress needs the best possible information to confront this challenge and pass laws that address climate change,” Peters continued. “This commonsense legislation will promote our national security and economic prosperity.”
The first report said climate change will cause increased tensions as countries battle over how to accelerate emissions reductions and manage cross-border geopolitical flashpoints. It also found the effects of climate change will be most felt in the developing countries least able to adapt, potentially leading to political instability