National Security Action Announces Television and Digital Ad Buy Criticizing 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, today 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. 

The ads are running in the Washington, DC market, including spots on "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Channel and "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

The ad is available to view here:

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: “During my many meetings with our top generals, their consensus was clear: climate change is a threat. Our military installations are imperiled, 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.”

The television ad campaign launched on August 3, and the digital ads will continue through the following week.

Ned Price