CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH LINKING CLIMATE CHANGE TO NATIONAL SECURITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in advance of President Barack Obama’s commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy. In his commencement address, President Obama is expected to link climate change with the vital national security interests of the United States. Congressman Lieu ran for Congress to help tackle the issue of climate change. He is also an Air Force Veteran and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. Last week Congressman Lieu wrote an amendment to reinstate funding for climate change research, which House Republicans rejected.
“I applaud President Obama’s speech announcing climate change as a ‘serious threat’ to national security. In stark contrast, House Republicans are voting this week to slash funding for climate change research, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
“The President wisely reinforces what climate scientists, NASA, and the U.S. military are saying – the impact of climate change is a severe threat to our security both here and abroad, and it is the biggest challenge facing our generation. That is why I recently introduced the Climate Solutions Act of 2015, which seeks to address climate change by setting ambitious national standards for cutting carbon pollution, investing in renewable energy, and setting a high energy efficiency standard.
“Having served for 19 years in the military on both active duty and the reserves, it is clear to me that one of our nation’s strengths is that our military is non-partisan and non-ideological. Our military takes the world as it is, not as idealogues would hope it to be; our military believes and relies on science and technology; and our military plans for the future. Our non-partisan military is telling the American public that climate change is real, it is happening, and we must act.
“With a severe drought facing California and more extreme weather events happening across the country, the devastating effects of climate change are happening now. I welcome the President’s address and his action with the Clean Power Plan to vigorously cut emissions, and I look forward to working together to tackle this serious threat to our security. “