For Immediate Release: September 8th, 2009

Top National Security Leaders Call for Bipartisan Cooperation on Climate Action

SEN LIEBERMAN TO SPEAK AT FORUM TODAY TO RELEASE STATEMENT

WASHINGTON, DC – With the next stage of international negotiations over climate change action set for Copenhagen in December, a bipartisan group of top U.S. foreign policy and national security leaders will issue a statement today urging Congress and the Administration to “transcend the political issues that divide us – by party and by region” because of national security concerns. The group, convened by the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), calls for “a clear, comprehensive, realistic and broadly bipartisan plan” that will allow the U.S. to lead the development of a global strategy to mitigate and adapt to the climate change crisis.

The statement, to be released at a forum with Senator Joseph Lieberman today, has 32 signatories including eight former Senators, three former National Security Advisors, two former Secretaries of State, a former Secretary of Defense, and both the Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission. The statement can be found at: http://www.psaonline.org/Climate.

The forum features Sen. Joseph Lieberman, R. James Woolsey, Frank Wisner, and Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, who will discuss the national security implications of global climate change and the PSA statement TODAY 11 a.m. ET at the Reserve Officers Association building, One Constitution Ave NE Washington, DC. For more details, go to www.psaonline.org/ClimateChange.

"American leadership is necessary to address the threat of climate change,” said PSA Advisory Board co-chair former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN). “The United States must work to forge a consensus, both domestically and internationally, with leaders from around the world and both parties, on a unified strategy that can succeed in countering this threat to international security."

"Our efforts to combat climate change will be only as enduring as they are cooperative, as effective as they are concerted. The United States urgently needs a bipartisan solution that recognizes climate change as a critical security issue,” said PSA Advisory Board co-chair and former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH).

PSA was created in 2005 by former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH) to foster bipartisan, consensus driven solutions to the major national security and foreign policy challenges facing our country. More information on PSA and bios of our distinguished bipartisan Advisory Board can be found at www.psaonline.org. This project is made possible by the generous support of The Energy Foundation.

CONTACT: Michael Landweber (202-293-8582), or landweber@psaonline.org.

--Text of Statement --


Climate Change Threatens All Americans
We Must Work Together on an American Strategy

Climate change is a national security issue.  The longer we wait to act, the harder it will be to mitigate and respond to its impacts. U.S. leadership alone will not guarantee global cooperation.  But if we fail to take action now, we will have little hope of influencing other countries to reduce their own harmful contributions to climate change, or of forging a coordinated international response.

We must also help less developed countries adapt to the realities and consequences of a drastically changed climate. Doing so now will help avoid humanitarian disasters and political instability in the future that could ultimately threaten the security of the U.S. and our allies.

But most importantly, we must transcend the political issues that divide us – by party and by region – to devise a unified American strategy that can endure and succeed.

We, the undersigned Republicans and Democrats, believe Congress working closely with the Administration must develop a clear, comprehensive, realistic and broadly bipartisan plan to address our role in the climate change crisis. WE MUST LEAD.


SIGNATORIES

Howard Baker, US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor 1997-2001
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-97
John C. Danforth, US Senator (R-MO) 1977-95
Kenneth M. Duberstein, White House Chief of Staff 1988-89
Slade Gorton, US Senator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001
Lee Hamilton, US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99, Co-Chair, PSA Advisory Board
Gary Hart, US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Rita E. Hauser, Chair, International Peace Institute
Carla Hills, US Trade Representative 1989-93
Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, US Senator (R-KS) 1978-97
Thomas Kean, Governor (R-NJ) 1982-90, 9/11 Commission Chair
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor 1993-97
Richard Leone, President, The Century Foundation
Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor 1983-85
VADM Dennis V. McGinn, US Navy (Ret.), CNA Military Advisory Board
Donald McHenry, US Ambassador to the UN 1979-81
Sam Nunn, US Senator (D-GA) 1972-96
William Perry, Secretary of Defense 1994-97
Peter G. Peterson, Secretary of Commerce 1972-73
Thomas Pickering, Under Secretary of State 1997-2000
Joseph Prueher, US Ambassador to China 1999-2001, Commander, US Pacific Command 1996-99
Warren Rudman, US Senator (R-NH) 1980-92, Co-Chair, PSA Advisory Board
George Shultz, Secretary of State 1982-89
Theodore Sorensen, White House Special Counsel 1961-63
Gen. Charles F. Wald, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Commander US European Command 2002-6, CNA Military Advisory Board
John Warner, US Senator (R-VA) 1979-2009
John Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Christine Todd Whitman, Governor (R-NJ) 1994-2001
Timothy E. Wirth, US Senator (D-CO) 1987-93
Frank Wisner, Under Secretary of State 1992-93
R. James Woolsey, Director of Central Intelligence 1993-95

This project is made possible by the generous support of The Energy Foundation.