I’ve said it before and I will probably say it until July of 2016: the contrast between the Democratic debates and the Republican ones was as stark as Rap and Country Western. One’s for adults, the other is for Trump to find another venue to love himself. That was once again showcased at the calm and serious Democratic debate, Saturday night.
Foreign policy was the topic in the first portion of the debate, with both Hillary, Bernie and O’Malley delineating their foreign policy ideas. Senator Bernie Sanders was asked to defend his statements that climate change is the nation’s most pressing national security threat. He said:
Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism, Sanders said. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re gonna see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they’re gonna be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops. And you’re gonna see all kinds of international conflict.
Before you start wondering if we need to start dropping Priuses on the Middle East, realize there is no direct line. However, researchers found the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict. Moreover, that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was likely due to climate change. In turn, the drought was a factor in the hostile uprising that began there in 2011.
But it doesn’t stop there…
In July, the Pentagon released a report to Congress that cited climate change as a major factor that will escalate national security threats and risks.
The Department of Defense’s primary responsibility is to protect national security interests around the world, a press release about the report said. When security includes questions of how families get enough food, how poverty might lead people to radical religious movements, and how natural resources destabilize governments, climate change is crucial.
Ironically enough, world leaders are expected to meet in Paris for a major climate change summit at the end of November. Perhaps this idea will be brought up in a major way, resulting in more action in combating climate change and terrorism.
Back in ‘Merica, of course, climate change is still that thing invented by Al Gore
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