U.S. Army urges immediate action on new plan to tackle ‘existential threat’ of climate change

The supply chain implosion, armed conflict around the world, increased dangers to our troops — it’s not bad leadership, folks, it’s climate change, and the U.S. Army is on it!

Yes, the United States Army released a strategy on Tuesday, explaining the many things that will irrevocably crumble if it doesn’t attack climate change right now.

“The Army must adapt across our entire enterprise and purposefully pursue greenhouse gas mitigation strategies to reduce climate risks,” the report reads. “If we do not take action now, across our installations, acquisition and logistics, and training, our options to mitigate these risks will become more constrained with each passing year.”

We’ll see wars, the report promises, not because the Biden administration appears to be gagging for one in Ukraine, but because of inclement weather.

“The risk will rise even more where climate effects compound social instability, reduce access to basic necessities, undermine fragile governments and economies, damage vital infrastructure and lower agricultural production,” the report warned.

The Army Climate Strategy (ACS) lays out three goals in pursuit of building a “resilient and sustainable land force able to operate in all domains with effective mitigation and adaptation measures against the key effects of climate change, consistent with Army modernization efforts”:

  1. Achieve 50% reduction in Army net GHG (greenhouse gas) pollution by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
  2. Attain net-zero Army GHG emissions by 2050.
  3. Proactively consider the security implications of climate change in strategy, planning, acquisition, supply chain, and programming documents and processes.

Included in the list of the Army’s “intermediate objectives” are plans to replace the non-tactical fleet with electric vehicles by 2035, with EVs replacing the light-duty fleet by 2027.

And of course, the Army will trust The Science and will “incorporate the latest climate and environmental science into stationing, construction, and fielding decisions.”

Thankfully, some conservative members of Congress are pushing back.

“First, the Biden administration used troops as critical race theory lab rats. Now, President Biden wants to turn the Army into a climate change task force,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told CQ Roll Call. “Time and money lost in the fight against America’s enemies — and our enemies know it.”

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (OK), said, “This new proposal seems like another effort from the Biden administration to focus our military on everything except its primary mission: defending our country. The Army’s top priority should be securing the capabilities needed to operate and win in contested environments, not adhering to arbitrary bureaucratic deadlines.”

And retired Army three-star General Thomas Spoehr noted that it seems “incongruous the Army published a climate strategy at the same moment that Russia has 80 battalion tactical groups across the border from Ukraine threatening aggression.”

The Army’s push to go green follows its capitulation last week to Biden’s vaccine mandates. In the middle of the existential climate change threat, it began dismissing more than 3,000 soldiers from its ranks for declining the COVID jab.

Moreover, the Army is following cues from the Department of Defense, which released its own Climate Risk Analysis in October.

In it, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated, “Climate change touches most of what this Department does, and this threat will continue to have worsening implications for U.S. national security.”

There, now… don’t you feel safer, America?


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