Congressman Denny Heck Introduces Climate Security Intelligence Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced H.R. 3110, the Climate Security Intelligence Act, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill establishes within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence the Climate Security Intelligence Center, which would become the primary organization within the intelligence community for analyzing climate-based security threats to the United States. The Climate Security Intelligence Center would also be tasked with identifying and implementing best practices in the collection and analysis of information related to climate security.
“Climate change is leading to profound national security concerns,” said Heck. “While these concerns drive much of the intelligence community’s work, there is no centralized office focused on this threat and the many security issues stemming from it. The Climate Security Intelligence Act creates such an office so that our intelligence community has a focal point for climate-related information, which will be crucial to our nation’s ability to meet evolving challenges now and in the years ahead.”
“From rising sea levels that threaten military installations to intensifying natural disasters that can foment instability and drive migration, climate change is creating new threats to U.S. national security and complicating existing challenges,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and an original cosponsor of the bill. “I am proud to support the Climate Security Intelligence Act, which will centralize the Intelligence Community’s work analyzing the impacts of climate change and ensure that the United States is preparing for the full array of security risks our global climate crisis will create.”
The 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community delivered to Congress by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats listed climate change as a major threat to national security, stating, “Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security.”
In addition to Reps. Heck and Schiff, current co-sponsors of the Climate Security Intelligence Act include Rep. Peter Welch (VT), Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07), and Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04).