Hagel: Climate change a ‘threat multiplier’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on other nations to join the Pentagon in taking steps to mitigate and adapt to climate change, calling it a “threat multiplier” that could exacerbate global challenges if left unaddressed.

“Climate change is a threat multiplier,” Hagel said at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, “because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today — from infectious disease to armed insurgencies — and to produce new challenges in the future.”

The comments come as the Pentagon released a “roadmap” Monday for confronting climate change just ahead of key United Nations climate talks in December in Lima, Peru. Nations there are hoping to strike a draft text in advance of formal U.N. negotiations next year in Paris for an international deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that most scientists say are stoking global warming.

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    The real “threat multiplier” is rather easy to see. Just read the other comments here.

  • Dan says:

    Climate change is beyond ridiculousness and so are the people that make it a priority in a time of world turmoil far more important than natural weather cycles that produce an occasional season extreme. I’m from the midwest. Winters get cold and Summers get hot……

  • edgineer says:

    Hagel is another political hack attempting to shove the man caused global warming hoax down the throat of the American people.

  • Guy Smith says:

    Secretary of Defense Hagel is an idiot. He should be thinking about problems over which we humans have some control. “Climate Change” has been an ongoing process for a billion years or more – starting long before the first humans evolved. We don’t even know whether the current trend is warming, or cooling. Either way anything we might do, would be more likely to make things worse than to improve anything.
    God help our military if we should have to go to war with Hagel and Obama in charge.

  • Gerald L Ferrentino says:

    The link is to a history of average global temperatures that span 2.4 billion years and an expansion for the last 450,000 years. While swift and dramatic climate change will cause dire problems, history of those kind of changes have been caused by nature itself. By forces beyond human control. The climatologists can’t explain the cause of the little ice age which began after the medieval period. I don’t deny that climate change exists, I disagree with the so called science and its conclusions. Science should be devoting itself on how we might survive climate changes in either direction rather than trying to support politicians seeking power grabs. I seriously doubt that changing our carbon foot print will do much to delay or to stop any climate change. The only valid reason to convert from fossil fuels that I know of was given by Nikola Tesla — Fossil fuels take a very long time to create 100’s of thousands of years to millions of years, we consume that at a much higher rate. We are living off the energy savings account that the resources are.

  • Michael Barrett says:

    So now ISIS is caused by global warming. These people are insane.

  • Charles90210 says:

    Is this a merchant of threatening terror in a position intended to remove threats of terror? Perhaps this someone who is not investigating falsified report, verifying factual reports, doesn’t how to do it and considers this to be acceptable as an authority. That is threatening

  • BigC says:

    You have to give 0webama credit for his sheer genius in finding the quality of moronic sycophants he’s able to find and get approval to put them in positions of influence!!

  • Art Hock says:

    Dingbat Hagel is nothing but another idiot sock puppet for the phony bunch in the White House. Another way for the Obamabots to screw the people in the US with more useless regulations that are killing the workforce and industry.

  • 10579 says:

    Hey chuckster where can i get some of that s**t that you and obama and kerry are smoking

  • David in MA says:

    Threat? Threat they say?
    I’ll tell what the threat is……
    the threat will be whatever they want to seed the atmosphere with.
    The earth has been getting along for millions of years and thru multiple civilizations just fine, now all of a sudden humans are going to step in and make everything better?
    The earth has an incredible ability to clean herself and/or adapt.
    Let GOD do what GOD will do and man must stay out of it!

  • playnice says:

    Shame on you for furthering the lies of these agenda pushers for power and money

  • regulus30 says:

    IT IS TIME FOR MY MIND ALTERING inoculation of stupid serum. these fools just keep telling their perverted lies and they believe them;; not understanding how someone who is NOT INSANE LAUGHS AT THEM If these morons were not a major threat to our national security it could almost be a comedy routine.

    1. David in MA says:

      What gets me is they know and live in what the real truth is but yet try to destroy it and institute a failure of a system, to me that says mental illness. Democrats are sick people.

      1. regulus30 says:

        you and I can never get to where these fools exist. we deal with obvious facts and common sense logic;; which DOES “NOT” INFLUENCE THEIR ZOMBIE IDEOLOGY mind set. these libocrats are only interested in power.

  • Concerned says:

    The real “threat multiplier” occurs when lies of a few set the agenda. People like Chuck Hagel and President Obama are the threat multipliers today. It is amazing how a few people in the early days, claiming environmental concerns (but are really pushing population control) invented man-made global warming and has sold it to half of the people in the U.S.
    Europe, India, China, Russia, and Australia understand this and have made the necessary changes to get their economies under control.
    At this point, it is clear that Hagel cannot even run an effective air-war campaign against ISIS, so why does he think that people will even listen to him if he does not even realize that there has been no global warming for the last 18 years. For clarification, “most scientists” do NOT say that greenhouse gas emissions are stoking global warming. Simply ask a few “true” geologists, Astrophysicists, and Solar scientists what controls the earths climate and the periodic changes.

    1. David in MA says:

      The more who support something is to tell the little people it’s the right thing to do.
      Like in my town at town meetings the finance committee will state: This article is recommended by the finance committee…. THAT IN THE MINDS OF THE IGNORANT IS A STAMP OF APPROVAL AND MUST BE OK…. got my drift?

  • aurora9 says:

    Hagel, a muslim convert elitist, joining the commie spin session. Many climate experts have agreed that this is a hoax. I’m sure the ‘hoaxers’ are making money off of this and stand to make even more, if we swallow the bait!

    1. David in MA says:

      he is a muslim? he also used to be a senator I believe..
      No matter how you view it, Obama has pulled off a good one over the republicans and the American people by infiltrating government with muslims, although, Islamic terrorists might be a better word.

  • CTH says:

    One more obuttjead dumbass appointee heard from.

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