Accession Number:

ADA528693

Title:

Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. August 2005 Report

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The hunger for energy might become a driving force for some countries to disregard international security issues and accords to the point of jeopardizing international security. For example, there were international concerns expressed about the alleged Chinese offers of arms and other sensitive defense technology in return for oil and gas rights in certain countries. Unprecedented political opposition probably triggered by strategic concerns in the US Congress forced the withdrawal of China National Offshore Oil Corporation CNOOCs bid for Californias Unocal. Similar concerns may affect the rival bids of China and India to buy a Canadian firm with oil fields in Kazakhstan. Beneficial environmental restraints and agreements in many regions of the world are likely to be victims of desperation for energy at this time in history when many forces are converging to harm human society. Nations near the edge of environmental and food sufficiency collapse could become additional failed states and competitors. The worlds current and rising dependence on oil and gas may possibly trigger new regulations at national, regional, and international levels to protect national energy sources and avoid eventual unethical deals that might jeopardize international security. In addition to possible security aspects that would have direct implications for it, the military should enhance its efforts on energy conservation and development of alternative energy sources--both for its own interest and as a contribution to national security. Security is just one more reason in addition to climate change and others why reducing reliance on oil has become vital.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE