State of the Union 2015: Obama Wants Climate Change Addressed as Security Risk

President says with 14 of the 15 warmest years on record this century, we must act.
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2014. That was the planet's warmest year on right. Now one year doesn't make a trend. But this goes. Fourteen. Of the fifteen warmest years on record have all fallen in the first fifteen years of this century. I've heard some folks try to Dutch be evidenced by saying they're not science. We don't have enough information that. Well I'm not assigned to barrier. We don't want I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA and a no. And at our major universities and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate. And if we don't act forcefully. We'll continue to see rising oceans. Longer hotter heat waves. Dangerous droughts and floods. And massive disruptions or can trigger greater migration and conflict. And hunger around the globe. The Pentagon serves the climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like a we've done more than ever. To combat climate change from the way we produce and urging it to the way we use. That's why we set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. That's why I will not let this congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts I am determined to make sure. That American leadership drives and. Oh. Did you. We may historic amounts. The United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution and China committed for the first talked to limiting their emissions. And because the world's two largest economies came together. Other nations are now stepping up. And offering hope that this year. The world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we've got.

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