Secretary of State John Kerry plans to give a major speech on the connection between climate change and national security this summer.
In an interview with The New York Times, Kerry said the speech would also be an opportunity to build political support for President Obama’s climate agenda.
“We’re going to try to lay out to people legitimate options for action that are not bank-breaking or negative,” Kerry said.
A central part of that agenda are regulations to curb carbon emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants.
Kerry spoke with the Times after the release Tuesday of a government-funded military research study, which found that the increasing rate of climate changes will serve as “catalysts for instability and conflict.”
The report, published by the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Corp.’s Military Advisory Board, also states that the growing number of extreme weather events across the globe, brought on by climate change, will spark a demand for U.S. troops.
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