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As we recognize veterans and the military today for their service, we wondered what do they think about climate change, and did it impact who they voted for in the Presidential election? A survey conducted last year of military service members and veterans found that 77% of them believed that military bases in coastal or island regions will be damaged by flooding or severe storms as a result of climate change and 61% believed that drought and famine-driven international military conflict over food and water resources fairly or very likely to occur. Interestingly, a recent survey of service members and veterans mirrored the general public, in that those under 55 years old favored Biden, while older veterans favored Trump.
Why This Matters: Climate change is increasingly becoming a national security issue and members of the military and veterans can help to broaden public support in conservative communities for climate initiatives. President-elect Biden promised to “address our defense and intelligence leaders’ warnings about the threats climate change poses to global stability and security” and “elevate climate change as a national security priority,” as well as to make military bases more climate-resilient. A Biden administration’s emphasis on climate change as central to national security may continue to expand support with this special group of “swing” voters.
To Go Deeper: Read the full analysis in The Conversation here, and the Military Times poll here.
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