Commander Of U.S. Pacific Forces Says Global Warming Is Top Threat in Region
The U.S. Pacific Forces top commander warned that the region’s greatest threat is not North Korea or China, but climate change. Navy admiral Samuel J. Locklear III said in an interview that he sees rising sea levels as the top threat, predicting that the sea levels would “cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.”
Locklear added that he has reached out to other military forces in the region, including China and India, to urge them to “get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact” those countries.
Similar sentiments have been raised by other leading American officials: Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that global warming is a leading global concern on a number of occasions, and has said that it poses a threat as dire as Iran’s effort to acquire nuclear weapons.