Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mocked President Barack Obama’s claim that global warming was the biggest national security threat facing the United States, going on to warn that “nuclear global warming” was a bigger threat because of the president’s Iran deal.
“One of the things that so bothers me,” Trump said in front of 20,000 people in Dallas, Texas, is that “Obama thinks the single biggest threat in the world today is global warming. Can you believe it?”
“Then they changed it to climate change because the word global warming wasn’t working.”
“Then they changed it to extreme weather — you can’t get hurt with extreme weather,” Trump added. “There’s a tornado, there’s a little cold, there’s a wind — it’s always extreme.”
“He says the biggest threat we have is extreme weather, and I say in terms of global warming the biggest threat we have is nuclear global warming because we have incompetent politicians,” Trump continued, referring to the Iran deal that’s unpopular among GOP politicians and voters.
Obama has been tying global warming to national security in recent months, even telling U.S. Coast Guard graduates they would be on the frontlines of the war against the climate.
“Climate change will impact every country on the planet,” Obama said. “No nation is immune. So I am here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act— and we need to act now.”
Obama recently went to Alaska to highlight how manmade global warming was melting the polar ice caps and harming native tribes and residents of the state. Though his trip was overshadowed by the fact that there’s been a prolonged hiatus in global temperature rises.
Also, predictions of an ice-free Arctic have fallen flat in recent years. Scientists and environmental activists have long predicted the Arctic’s demise, and while sea ice levels are lower than in past decades there’s been no ice-free summers yet.
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