Department of Defense (DOD)

Warren reveals plan for U.S. military to combat climate change

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Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed a plan Wednesday designed to increase military readiness for climate change that would require the Pentagon to reach net-zero carbon emissions on non-combat bases by 2030.

The big picture: Instead of rolling out one comprehensive, one-size-fits-all climate plan, Warren is choosing to release multiple climate proposals. Last month, she proposed a ban on oil and gas drilling offshore and on public lands. She also proposed an executive order that would require that 10% of U.S. electricity generation must come from renewable sources located offshore or on public lands.

Trump to nominate Patrick Shanahan to be permanent secretary of defense

Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan
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President Trump plans to nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to permanently head up the Pentagon.

Why it matters: Shanahan is the longest acting defense secretary in U.S. history, having served in the post for 128 days — a period in which the U.S. has moved closer to military escalation with Venezuela and Iran. Shanahan, who replaced James Mattis after his resignation, was investigated by the Pentagon's inspector general for alleged bias toward his former employer Boeing, but has since been cleared.