Bernie Sanders: ‘Climate Change Is Directly Related to the Growth of Terrorism’


Stefanie Spear | EcoWatch | AlterNet | November 16, 2015

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During Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate, a day after the horrific terrorist attacks in ParisBernie Sanders stood by his claim that climate change is the greatest threat to national security.

CBS’s John Dickerson, the debate’s moderator, asked Sanders : “You said you want to rid the planet of ISIS. In the previous debate you said the greatest threat to national security is climate change. Do you still believe that?”

“Absolutely,” Sen. Sanders replied. “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism and if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world, this is what the CIA says, they’re going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict. But, of course international terrorism is major issue that we have to address today.”

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