The following is an excerpt from Tony Dokoupil | November 23, 2015 | msnbc.com |
Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have argued that climate change is a driver of conflict of all kinds, including the civil war in Syria, the rise of ISIS and the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Now they’re being joined by Prince Charles, in an interview to air on Monday.
“Some of us were saying 20-something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change which means that people have to move,” said Charles, a former member of the Royal Navy and Air Force.
Conservatives and Republican commentators have mocked this position—”absurd,” ”embarrassing,” and “brazenly silly” are typical responses—but the link between climate change, political instability, war and terrorism is well known and widely accepted by the U.S. government, including the highest ranks of the US military.
The heir to the British throne made his remarks in an interview with Sky News which occurred before the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. The comments come a week before the prince is scheduled to deliver a keynote address in Paris, the site of a historic United Nations summit on climate change. But here in the U.S., Democratic presidential candidates O’Malley and Sanders have made similar claims.
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