Burning Issues: Is Climate Change A U.S. Security Threat?


Jason Kowalski, U.S. policy director for 350.org, the global, grassroots organization battling climate change, explains in this Burning Issues video how climate change has become a national security issue.

As the Republican presidential candidates are mocking President Obama for considering climate change a serious security issue, “What experts say is that climate change is a contributing factor to conflict all over the world,” according to Kowalski.

The Obama administration’s action on climate change has been transformative in moving other global powers away from dependence on fossil fuels, Kowalski says. That progress will certainly be set back if a climate-change denier succeeds Obama in the White House, he says, but would also be negatively affected by a president who is simply unwilling to take such steps as blocking fracking to keep the fuel extracted by that process from worsening global warming.

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