Arija Flowers

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The most politically feasible and compelling argument for addressing climate change promptly is that U.S. security depends upon it. Threats to security emanating from climate change are many and varied, internal and external, and are already beginning to occur. This article explains the science behind climate change, then discusses the impacts that climate change will have on people and communities, and the relationship of those impacts to threats on U.S. security. In response to these impacts, the article examines national security law and the Administration’s faulty understanding of its power under that law and suggests how the Administration can use the authority it already possesses to implement the necessary policies to ensure a comprehensive national security program and actions to take to meet the present and future threat posed by climate change.