SEEC Climate and National Security Task Force touts climate wins in NDAA

July 14, 2022
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the co-chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)’s Climate and National Security Task Force, Rep. Jim Langevin and Rep. Katie Porter, released the following statement after the House passed the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included important climate provisions championed by the Task Force.

“Climate change presents a direct threat to our national security, undermining our military’s readiness and jeopardizing our capability to respond to rising global instability,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “I have been proud to lead the fight in Congress to leverage the annual defense bill to combat the ongoing climate crisis, and I am proud of the progress that we have made in this year’s NDAA to that end. Moving forward, confronting climate change must remain a top national security priority – our future depends on it.”

"Climate action is essential to our national security," said Rep. Katie Porter. "Countries across the world, including the United States, are already suffering damages caused by climate change. Food and water shortages, costly weather disasters, and mass displacement will only get worse if we do not curb the climate crisis. I'm proud of the progress we made in this year's NDAA, and I will continue leading efforts to prioritize climate action in our national security planning."

Background

In May, the Task Force sent a letter to Chairman Adam Smith and Ranking Member Mike Rogers of the House Armed Services Committee in support of authorizing a number of key Department of Defense (DoD) climate programs. That letter can be found here.

The Fiscal Year 2023 NDAA authorized the following provisions championed by the Task Force that would:

  • Require the Secretaries of the military departments to designate installations as energy resilience testbeds for the purpose of demonstrating innovative energy resilience technologies;
  • Establish a pilot program to begin transitioning non-tactical DoD vehicle fleets to electric vehicles;
  • Establish a pilot program to explore the use of sustainable aviation fuel to displace fossil jet fuel, which is one the largest sources of military emissions;
  • Support continuing education for Department personnel related to sustaining mission resilience and envirophysical risk management;
  • Authorize $36 million to advance our national security through investing in four particular DoD offices dedicated to mission resilience, energy assurance, and envirophysical risk management:
    • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP);
    • Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP);
    • Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF);
    • Operational Energy Prototyping Fund (OEPF).