Bloomberg Law
July 10, 2019, 9:01 AM

Pentagon Pushed to Put Price Tag on Climate Vulnerability

Dean Scott
Dean Scott

The U.S. military already knows it faces increasing vulnerabilities from a warming planet, from Virginia naval installations facing more frequent flooding to Air Force bases on the West Coast that wildfires have threatened.

What it doesn’t have is a price tag for replacing buildings, airfields, and other structures vulnerable to what the Pentagon calls “changing future conditions” over the next decades.

Congress is moving legislation that could direct the Defense Department to calculate replacement costs for its most vulnerable installations and ensure that new installations are built to better withstand climate impacts.

Lawmakers are expected this month to wrap up ...

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