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On March 1, while speaking at the University of the Bahamas, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro emphasized his commitment to making climate change a top priority since the first day he took office. During his visit, he also met with Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis and spoke at length about the climate crisis. Del Toro stated that the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have been working on climate and energy security for a long time and are now accelerating and broadening their efforts.
Despite Del Toro’s focus on climate change, the Biden administration has proposed shrinking the Navy fleet in the face of a growing threat from China. The proposed budget for 2024 calls for the decommissioning of 11 ships and the construction of only nine, resulting in a net loss of two vessels. Lawmakers like Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have expressed concern that the Biden administration is not doing enough to ensure that the U.S. Navy can counter China.
However, Del Toro emphasized that addressing climate security is not a trade-off with the Navy’s core mission of being the most capable and ready Navy-Marine Corps team. Instead, embracing climate-focused technologies and adopting a climate-informed posture can strengthen the Navy’s capability to stand by its partners and allies. Del Toro also noted that worrying about climate change can lead to new technologies that can create a virtuous cycle of energy efficiency, cost savings, maritime dominance, and climate security.
The Navy is scheduled to take part in various climate-related events in the upcoming months, such as a conference in Florida hosted by the chief of naval research in April. The conference will concentrate on tackling climate change and marine pollution, adopting renewable and hybrid energies in the naval field, and incorporating unmanned systems. Additionally, Del Toro intends to meet with Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry during the “Our Oceans Conference” in Panama.
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