AUSTIN, Texas (Tribune News Service) — Retired military officials and experts agreed Monday that the state and nation are experiencing climate change.
Two members from the National Climate Assessment Military Advisory Board, Ken Eickmann and Neil Morisetti, told the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs committee that climate change can be a threat to national security .
A report released by the board, which is made up of 11 retired generals and admirals, found that the projected impacts of climate change may limit the military by increasing the demand for forces to respond to extreme weather events, and require that military training is improved.
Morisetti, who is a retired senior British Royal Navy officer, said the nation and state have taken steps to reduce emissions but more can be done to drive down greenhouse gases.
“We need to act, and we need to act now,” Morisetti said.
Chairman Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, said he hopes Texas will remain a leader in oil and gas, even if progress is made for climate change.
Eickmann, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, told the committee it is possible for Texas to remain an energy leader in the future.