Climate Change Threatens All Americans

We Must Work Together on an American Strategy

September 8th, 2009


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. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), Chief of Staff US Army 1993-95, CNA Military Advisory Board
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.