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Unformatted text preview: us oil appetite continues to contribute to another growing national security concern:
climate change. Burning oil is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore a major driver of
climate change, which if left unchecked could have very serious security global implications. Burning oil imported
from “dangerous or unstable” countries alone released 640.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere, which is the same as keeping more than 122.5 million passenger vehicles on the road.Recent studies found that the gravest consequences of climate change could threaten to destabilize governments, intensify terrorist actions,
and displace hundreds of millions of people due to increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters, higher incidences of
diseases such as malaria, rising sea levels, and food and water shortages.A 2007 analysis by the Center for American Progress
concludes that the geopolitical implications of climate change could include wide-sp...
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