John Kerry, in a recent speech at Old Dominion University, insisted that climate change is a threat to national security.

Carol Morello of the Washington Post reports:

Kerry says climate change impacts armies as much as polar bears

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday he will integrate climate change analysis and its national security implications into all future foreign policy planning.

In a speech delivered at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, home to the world’s largest naval base and already experiencing flooding linked to climate change, Kerry called climate change a threat to national security.

“We have to prepare ourselves for the potential social and political consequences that stem from crop failures, water shortages, famine and outbreaks of epidemic disease,” he said. “And we have to heighten our national security readiness to deal with the possible destruction of vital infrastructure and the mass movement of refugees — particularly in parts of the world that already provide fertile ground for violent extremism and terror.

“Long story short, climate change isn’t just about Bambi. It’s about us.”

Kerry said he would convene a task force of senior government officials and outside experts to determine how to make climate change predictions a part of foreign policy planning.

Here’s a video clip of Kerry’s remarks:

A recent editorial from Investor’s Business Daily offers a different theory on the issue:

What Climate Alarmists Want: ‘A World Without Capitalism’

Climate Change: Researchers from developed nations who insist that humans are warming the planet have inadvertently given Third World nations a weapon to shake down capitalist nations. Or was that the plan all along?

Third World nations haven’t developed their economies because their governments are often run by con men, thieves, killers and tyrants.

While these governments never recognize that they are the problem, they do know an opportunity for a racket when they see one.

Extortion often comes with a veneer of legitimacy, though, and that’s what we have in a manifesto produced by Bolivia. It is ostensibly that country’s contribution to the United Nations climate conference that begins later this month in Paris.

But it’s really a facade hiding a corrupt campaign.

According to the Bolivian government, which takes its orders from extreme-left President Evo Morales, “the failed capitalist system, (which) promotes consumerism, warmongering and commercialism, causing the destruction of Mother Earth and humanity, (has) triggered the climate crisis.”

Good to know that. As for the solutions, they include “adoption of a new model of civilization in the world without consumerism, warmongering and mercantilism.” Bolivia also wants “a world without capitalism.”

Who sounds more plausible to you?

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