Ten reasons why President Obama says global warming poses a threat to national security.
BY CLARA CHAISSON | @CLARACHAISSON | 2 days ago
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President Obama’s speech yesterday at the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement wasn’t just any feel-good spiel. These graduates already know where they’re going, and many of their future job challenges are already on their radar. The cadets will go on to at least five years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, protecting the country’s maritime interests and natural resources. So the Commander-in-Chief chose to zero in on an issue that, he told them, “will define your entire careers”: climate change.
The president’s pleas for climate preparedness fall on deaf ears in certain branches of government, but not in the military. The Pentagon has regularly issued reports on the topic since 2000.
To complement President Obama’s speech, the White…
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