Department of Defense News by Ryan Morgan June 10, 2021
Biden tells US troops ‘global warming’ is greatest threat to America; says Pentagon told him that in 2009
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden told U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in the United Kingdom that the greatest threat posed to U.S. national security comes not from any specific nation but from global warming.
“You know, when I went over in the Tank in the Pentagon, when I first was elected Vice President, with President Obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing America were — the greatest physical threats,” Biden said to U.S. troops stationed at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall. “And this is not a joke: You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.”
“There’ll 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,” Biden said of his first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff after assuming the office of vice president in 2009.
Biden said in order to confront that national security threat, “We must all commit to an ambitious climate action if we’re going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, limiting global warning — warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and lead the global transition to clean energy technology.”