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DOD a Silent Fighter on Climate Change

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By    |   Monday, 23 September 2019 09:52 PM

The Department of Defense continues to mitigate its contributions to global warming even as President Donald Trump continues to roll back multiple environmental regulations and initiatives, professor and author Michael T. Klare writes in his new book, "All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change," Rolling Stone reports.

Trump, who once described climate change as a "hoax," withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate changein 2017, citing unfair standards on American effort to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

The military, though, has a "vision of climate change that is not part of the public discussion," writes Klare.

The armed forces "see the greatest threats from climate change being state collapse and mass migrations that are going to create chaos around the world" and lead to a lot of dangerous tasks "they would prefer not to have to undertake."

The DoD has taken many steps to lessen its contributions, including installing solar panels on military installations, using electric vehicles for noncombat transport fleet, implementing a Net-Zero Initiative, which aims to address military energy use by identifying specific actions to reduce energy demand and increase the use of renewable energy on DoD installations.

"A close look at Pentagon reports and initiatives reveals that many senior officers are convinced that climate change is real, is accelerating, and has direct and deleterious implications for American national security," Klare writes.

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Even as President Donald Trump continues to roll back multiple environmental regulations and initiatives, the Department of Defense continues to mitigate its contributions to global warming, according to Michael T. Klare in his new book.
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