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Energy is a security issue. Oil has passed $100 a barrel, gas is approaching $4 a gallon, and American jobs and well-being are threatened. We need a comprehensive energy strategy to make our country, our livelihoods, and our environment more secure.  We have lost time over the last eight years – and we are more dependent on fossil fuels than ever – but we have the technology to start making changes, we have public calls for action, and we have ready partners in other nations.  The time for dramatic action is now.*
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Kerry-Boxer Bill Addresses Climate Change Threat

Report 30 September 2009
Climate change legislation is moving forward in the Senate. Today, Senators John Kerry (D, MA) and Barbara Boxer (D, CA) are introducing legislation that will serve as the Senate companion bill to the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that passed the House of Representatives this past summer. National security experts, retired military officials, and many prominent conservatives are in agreement that the twin challenges of climate change and energy security pose a threat to our economic well being, environmental health, and national security. This bill will address these diverse challenges in an integrated manner.
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To Lead on Climate Change, Senate Must Act

Report 22 September 2009
President Obama spoke to a special working group on climate change at the United Nations today, where he urged action. National security experts, retired military officials, and many prominent conservatives are in agreement that the challenge of climate change poses a threat to our way of life, global order, and our security. But tackling these issues will require action from all areas of government. After eight years of denial and dithering by President Bush, the Obama administration has broad public support for its efforts to revive international climate negotiations. But given America’s inability to pass effective legislation on climate change, the world remains skeptical.If the impact on our way of life and the generations that follow us isn’t enough, Senators should recognize that their inaction has dangerous consequences for our national security.
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Veterans, Military Leaders Say Climate Change and Energy Security are National Security Priorities

Report 10 September 2009
Today veterans from around the country join former Republican Senator John Warner at the White House to make the case for action on climate change and energy security. National security experts, retired military officials, and many prominent conservatives are in agreement that the twin challenges of climate change and energy security pose a threat to our way of life, global order, and our security. Tackling these issues will require action from all areas of government. The House of Representatives recently took a hugely important step in passing energy and climate change legislation, but the legislation now looks to be bogged down in the Senate. Warner's leadership and the military's concern highlight that energy security and climate change are not partisan issues - they are long-term challenges to our security, our economy and our way of life that we need to start meeting as a nation now. Pretending we can just go on as we are isn't just ignorant, it's dangerous.
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Climate Change Is a National Security Priority

Report 31 July 2009
Denying the existence of climate change isn’t just ignorant, it’s dangerous. Climate change is happening with profound implications for the national security of the United States. National security experts, retired military officials, and many prominent conservatives are in agreement that climate change poses a threat to our way of life, to the global order, and even to how we keep ourselves secure.
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U.S. Must Lead: Climate Change Poses Direct Threat to American Security

Report 9 July 2009
National security experts and retired military officials are in agreement that climate change poses a threat to our way of life, to the global order, and even to how we keep ourselves secure. This week’s G-8 summit, which sought to advance climate negotiations prior to meetings in Copenhagen in December, saw developing countries reject binding emission targets out of fear that it would stifle their development, as well as out of a sense that rich developed countries – the principal culprits of global warming – weren’t doing enough. Emerging economies are right that rich developed countries – especially the United States which is the largest per-capita emitter of greenhouse gases – have not done enough. The House of Representatives recently took a hugely important step in passing climate change legislation, but the legislation now looks to be bogged down in the Senate. If the impact on our way of life and the generations that follow us isn’t enough, Senators should recognize that their inaction has important consequences for our diplomacy and security.
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Obama to Saudis: U.S. Is Moving on Energy and Climate

Report 3 June 2009
President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today against the backdrop of a month straight of rising gas prices. While the economic crisis has pushed oil prices down far below what they were last year, the volatility of energy supplies and the likely increases in demand for energy from the developing world makes decreasing America’s dependence on fossil fuels a top priority.Enacting cap and trade legislation, investing in renewable energy technology, and taking a leadership role on the global stage are not simply important steps – they are vital steps for America’s national security.
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Energy Security is National Security

Report 26 January 2009
Today President Obama took an important first step in addressing the threats of global warming and oil dependence by giving states more power to limit greenhouse emissions from cars and also beginning the process of raising fuel efficiency standards. These steps are important not just for our economy and the well being of our planet but for America’s national security.
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NSN Daily Update: McCain’s Foreign Policy Bad for Gas Prices

Report 6 August 2008
While McCain and Obama have both presented plans for reducing energy prices it is important to remember that foreign policy has a major impact on world oil prices as well. John McCain’s bellicose approach towards both Iran and Russia, two of the world’s largest producers, will keep energy prices high.
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