Udall Supports Secretary of Defense's Call to Combat Global Warming, Strengthen U.S. Energy Security
Calls Rising Sea Levels, Energy Costs 'One of the Most Significant Challenges of our Time'
Mark Udall, a senior member of both the U.S Senate Armed Services Committee and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, applauded comments today from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calling for swift and direct action to combat the national security risks posed by global warming. Speaking to the Halifax International Security Forum, Hagel warned that rising sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns present a grave threat to the United States' ability to defend itself. Udall echoed the secretary's concerns, saying that our national security is dependent on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Global warming is one of the most significant challenges of our time. Secretary Hagel's comments today rightly highlight the threat it poses to our national security," Udall said. "Melting arctic ice and rising sea levels will require our armed forces to defend new frontiers and incite additional uncertainty and instability abroad. This underscores the urgency of issues I have championed, including developing advanced biofuels to lessen our dependency on other countries, reduce our carbon footprint and save taxpayer money. Now more than ever, we must pursue a balanced approach to meeting our military's energy needs to prepare us for 21st century security challenges."
Udall has long supported the military's effort to better defend the nation by pursuing the use and research of alternative fuels. He has lead the charge to reduce the military's dependence on foreign oil and has supported the Navy's efforts to develop and employ alternative energy technologies.