|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||3 Oct 2007 22:43:09 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Defense bill climate change language|
On Monday, October 1, the Senate passed H.R. 1585, the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2008. It included Section 951,
language addressing climate change and national security. The language
appears to be identical with language the House of Representatives
approved in May.
To view the original, go to http://loc.thomas.gov and do a search for H.R. 1585.
Lenny *** H.R.1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008SEC. 951. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONSIDERATION OF EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON DEPARTMENT FACILITIES, CAPABILITIES, AND MISSIONS.
Section 118 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
`(g) Consideration of Effect of Climate Change on Department Facilities, Capabilities, and Missions- (1) The first national security strategy and national defense strategy prepared after the date of the enactment of this subsection shall include guidance for military planners--
`(A) to assess the risks of projected climate change to current and future missions of the armed forces;
`(B) to update defense plans based on these assessments, including working with allies and partners to incorporate climate mitigation strategies, capacity building, and relevant research and development; and
`(C) to develop the capabilities needed to reduce future impacts.
`(2) The first quadrennial defense review prepared after the date of the enactment of this subsection shall also examine the capabilities of the armed forces to respond to the consequences of climate change, in particular, preparedness for natural disasters from extreme weather events and other missions the armed forces may be asked to support inside the United States and overseas.
`(3) For planning purposes to comply with the requirements of this subsection, the Secretary of Defense shall use--
`(A) the mid-range projections of the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
`(B) subsequent mid-range consensus climate projections if more recent information is available when the next national security strategy, national defense strategy, or quadrennial defense review, as the case may be, is conducted; and
`(C) findings of appropriate and available estimations or studies of the anticipated strategic, social, political, and economic effects of global climate change and the implications of such effects on the national security of the United States.
`(4) In this subsection, the term `national security strategy' means the annual national security strategy report of the President under section 108 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 404a).'.
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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