Obama to Coast Guard Grads: Denying Climate Change Endangers Nat'l Security
President Barack Obama warned of global climate change in a commencement address yesterday at the Coast Guard Academy.
“I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and – make no mistake – it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama said.
He added that climate change deniers are negligent and derelict in their duties.
"And if you see storm clouds gathering or dangerous shoals ahead, you don’t just sit back and do nothing. You take action to protect your ship, to keep your crew safe. Anything less is negligence. It is a dereliction of duty. And so too with climate change. Denying it or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security," he said.
Obama said the cadets would be part of the first generation of officers to begin their service in a world where it is increasingly clear that "climate change will shape how every one of our services plan, operate, train, equip and protect their infrastructure."
As for the impact in the U.S., Obama pointed to streets in Miami and Charleston, S.C., that flood at high tide and to military bases around the country already feeling negative effects.
Lt. Col. Allen West took on the president’s remarks this morning on “Fox and Friends,” particularly taking issue with Obama’s remarks about negligence and dereliction of duty.
“We have four Americans being held hostage by Iran right now, and we’re sitting at the table talking about negotiating with them, we abandoned four Americans in Benghazi and lied about it, we abandoned a Marine in Mexico,” West said. “That’s dereliction of duty, Commander-in-Chief.”