Politics & Policy

John Kerry: Global Warming Played a Role in Syrian Civil War

'It is not a coincidence that immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the country experienced the worst drought on record.'

Appearing today at the Milan Expo 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the role he believes global warming played in the Syrian civil war.

“It is not a coincidence that immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the country experienced the worst drought on record,” he said. “As many as 1.5 million people migrated from Syria’s farms into Syria’s cities, and that intensified the political unrest that was beginning to brew.” 

“Now, I’m not telling you that the crisis in Syria was caused by climate change,” Kerry conceded. ”No, obviously, it wasn’t – it was caused by a brutal dictator who barrel bombed, starved, tortured, and gassed his own people.”

“But the devastating drought clearly made a bad situation a lot worse,” he said.

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