Asked tonight whether, in light of last night’s terror attacks in Paris, he still believes global warming is a worse threat than terrorism, Sen. Bernie Sanders said “absolutely.” Here’s that exchange from tonight’s debate:
DICKERSON: Senator Sanders, you said you want to rid the planet of ISIS. In the previous debate you said the greatest threat to national security was climate change. Do you still believe that?
SANDERS: Absolutely. In fact, 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 I this is what the C.I.A. says — they’re going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops, you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict. But, of course, international terrorism is a major issue that we have got to address today. And I agree with much of what the secretary and the governor have said. But let me have one area of disagreement with the secretary. I think she said something like the bulk of the responsibility is not ours. Well, in fact, I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of al Qaeda and to ISIS. Now, in fact, what we have got to do — and I think there is widespread agreement here — is the United States cannot do it alone. What we need to do is lead an international coalition, which include very significantly the Muslim nations in that region that are going to have defend their way of life.