President Biden warns climate change is ‘greatest threat’ to US security: ‘This is not a joke’
US President Joe Biden made a warning to military personnel Wednesday that high-ranking Pentagon members consider climate change to be the greatest threat to America.
The President said this to Air Force members stationed in the United Kingdom.
“When I went over to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats. This is not a joke. You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest physical threat facing America was? Global warming.
“There will be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia, because of the fights over what is arable land anymore,” he added.
Climate Change is the biggest threat?? My goodness I am embarrassed for us here in the United States. Who is writing your speeches ? They need to be fired. @POTUS guess I need to include @FLOTUS since she may be apart of the team. https://t.co/0m9hKuCjQJ
— C C Taylor (@Ccannontaylor48) June 9, 2021
Biden will participate in meetings with G-7 and NATO officials this month during his first trip overseas since entering office.
He made the declaration after being pressured by Republicans for his stance toward Russia following ransomware attacks that targeted key American infrastructure, including the White House’s decision to waive sanctions on the Russia-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Biden said he would be in talks with European allies about a common approach to combating global warming, which he sees as a top-of-the-list issue for his administration.
“We must all commit to an ambitious climate action if we’re going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and lead the global transition in clean energy technology,” the President said.
The United States formally rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement with Biden’s day-one executive order back in February, which reversed former President Trump’s decision to withdraw from it.
President Biden warned military service members Wednesday that top Pentagon officials consider climate change to be the "greatest threat" to America’s national security in the coming years 👇https://t.co/OkQ1a0pgkz
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) June 10, 2021
This isn’t the first time Biden has said that climate change is the biggest threat to the United States military.
Back in February, he said he had directed the Pentagon to reimagine the country’s strategy for dealing with the impact of global warming.
At the time, the President said climate change was “already costing us billions in impacts on our bases and our national security.”
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