Obama Vows to Battle Global Climate Change in West Point Speech
President Obama delivered a major policy speech Wednesday, claiming that fighting climate change was every bit as important to America’s national security as stopping terrorism or working to stop countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.
The world, Obama insisted, needed to come together to address this looming global threat.
“That spirit of cooperation must energize the global effort to combat climate change – a creeping national security crisis that will help shape your time in uniform, as we’re called on to respond to refugee flows, natural disasters, and conflicts over water and food,” Obama warned.
Obama detailed forthcoming policy from his administration that would save the planet from this crisis.
“That’s why, next year, I intend to make sure America is out front in a global framework to preserve our planet,” he said.
Obama chided skeptics who undercut his dedication to fighting climate change, pointing out that America had to lead the world on this issue by example.
“We can’t exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everybody else,” he said. “ We can’t call on others to make commitments to combat climate change if a whole lot of our political leaders deny that it’s taking place.”