Dan Coats: I Wouldn’t Describe Climate Change as a ‘Threat Multiplier’

‘I don’t know if I would describe it as a threat multiplier’


WARREN: "A Defense Department report from two years ago observed global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions. In short, this DOD report described climate change as a threat multiplier. Director Coats, do you agree?"
COATS: "I don't know if I would describe it as a threat multiplier, although our job is to assess the consequences of potential changes in climate relative to migration, relative to humanitarian issues. Science falls to other federal agencies. There have always in the history of the world been reactions to different climate changes and it is an issue that continues."          

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