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Which Government Agency Should Be Responsible For Fighting Climate Change?

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 Pete Buttigieg is calling for the Department of Defense to take a leading role in combating climate change, and an internal group tasked with addressing the effects of climate change. He also proposed paying rural communities to help sequester carbon, creating a financial incentive to transition to renewable energy sources and lower emissions, ideas already popular in even the reddest of red states and counties despite heavy Republican opposition. But all this may seem to be at best tangential to the Department of Defense’s role. Yes, the massive agency overseeing all military operations does cite climate change as one of its biggest threats in the 21st century and says its effects threaten two thirds of its “mission critical” bases, as well as serve as incubators for worldwide conflicts and disease which are projected to kill nearly half a million people per year by the 2030s.'

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"Of course, this doesn't mean that the DOD or the Department of Homeland Security don't have roles to play in tackling climate change. Droughts and famines in politically unstable nations will drive waves of migration and outbreaks of war as governments fail and tensions overheat, something we saw happening in Somalia and Syria. The Pentagon will need to be ready to respond to violent skirmishes and work with partners to help stabilize and prevent crises leading to armed clashes. The lion's share of the work will likely fall to forces in the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East, so these command nodes should be trained to identify the warning signs of a climate-driven emergency and bolstered to properly handle it."

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