On June 10th and 11th, an Army base in Texas and an Air Force base in Nevada held national security briefings on the impending threat of climate change. In San Antonio, the American Security Project (ASP) met with high-level officials at the Army Installations Management Command to discuss the Command’s plan for dealing with climate security, followed by a community event at University Presbyterian Church. The public event drew a big crowd and Andrew Holland, ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy & Climate spoke to the audience about the threat climate change will have on national security and military infrastructure.
In Las Vegas, ASP participants toured Nellis Air Force Base’s 140 acre solar plant, the Water Reclamation plant, and the Hoover Dam. Nellis Air Force Base boasts the largest solar installation in the country, with 14 megawatts of solar panels that produces over 25 percent of the total power used by the facility every year. The switch to green energy has saved the base more than $1 million/year in energy costs. Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) and Chief Execute Officer of ASP, spoke to a heavily conservative audience about the consequences of not preparing for climate change in relations to national security stability at an ASP hosted dinner.
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