The Department of Defense, along with our Intelligence Community, has long recognized that climate change is an established threat to our national security. The scientific consensus is clear, but the Trump Administration has opted to ignore it, siding with CORPORATE CRONIES over our SAFETY AND security. 

Now, the Trump administration is rolling back popular clean car standards that keep our air clean, fight climate change, reduce our reliance on foreign oil, and save us money at the pump. Here's why that matters:

  • Gas is a big part of a family’s budget. The Trump administration’s plan to dramatically roll back clean car standards will force American families to spend billions more at the pump.

  • America’s clean car standards have saved drivers more than $50 billion and counting. Advancements in fuel efficiency—spurred by clean car standards—are designed to save you money.
  • The current standards could save consumers $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck over the lifetime of their vehicle. Rolling back the standards breaks a promise to the American people, making these savings vanish into thin air.
  • The transportation sector is now the country’s largest source of the carbon pollution that causes climate change; cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks are the largest source of pollution within this sector.
  • Clean car standards are the most effective policy we have on the books to fight climate change. The Trump administration’s push for dirtier, less efficient vehicles would pump more carbon pollution into our air – which in turn could lead to more intense and destructive extreme weather events like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

National Security Action Announces Television and Digital Ad Buy Criticizing Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON, DC – National Security Action, an advocacy group dedicated to advancing American global leadership and opposing the reckless policies of the Trump administration, has announced the launch of television and digital advertising campaign criticizing the administration’s rollback of clean car standards. The ad buy underscores that climate change, which the Trump administration has ignored and even exacerbated, is a well-established threat to our national security. 

National Security Action recognizes climate change as an urgent challenge that must be confronted with American leadership, which we have yet to see from the Trump administration. To the contrary, its announced rollback of America’s clean car standards, which improve vehicle efficiency and reduce carbon pollution contributing to climate change, will only compound the threat of climate change and its implications on our national security. 

Trump’s Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, has said we must “unleash” America from “the tether of fuel,” and the Defense Department has repeatedly warned that climate change is a “threat multiplier” that increases global instability and conflict.

Members of National Security Action’s Advisory Council agree:

Former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice: “I dealt daily with the full range of global threats—from terrorism to cyber attacks. But the fact of the matter is that we face no greater long-term challenge than climate change. Rising temperatures are what our military calls a “threat multiplier;” even if climate change isn’t the spark that directly ignites conflict, it increases the size of the powder keg. We ignore this threat—or, worse yet, aggravate it—at our own peril.”
Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon: “Our military leadership has long been unequivocal and clear: Climate change is a threat to our national security. Our military installations are vulnerable, existing conflicts are inflamed, and new ones become more likely. The science is settled, and so must our determination to counter this threat.”
Retired Naval Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett: “The U.S. military has a keen appreciation for threats to our national security—keener than perhaps any other institution. When our top generals reach the same conclusion—that climate change is a threat to our national security—our civilian leaders should listen to them. We mustn’t play politics with this.”