President Joe Biden says top Pentagon officials consider global warming and climate change to be the “greatest threat” America faces for its national security in the coming years.
President Joe Biden spoke to Air Force personnel stationed in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, saying that top officials at the Pentagon see the greatest threat to America’s national security to be not that of an opposing military power, but Mother Nature, Fox reported.
“When I went over to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats,” President Biden told the audience of military personnel. “This is not a joke. You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest physical threat facing America was? Global warming.”
“There will be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia, because of the fights over what is arable land anymore,” Biden added.
Fresh off the heels of President Biden’s announcement that climate change was America’s greatest national security threat, comes one of the strangest questions ever from a member of Congress.
During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) asked Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, a bizarre question. It was unclear if Gohmert was being serious, The Hill reported.
“I understand from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said.
Representative Gohmert then went on to explain that a past director of NASA had told him once that the orbits of the moon and the Earth were changing.
“Is there anything that the National Forest Service, or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” a deadpan Gohmert asked Eberlien. “Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate.”
“I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” Eberlien replied.
“Well, if you figure out a way that you in the Forest Service can make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert added.
Readers will have to judge whether Gohmert was asking a legitimate question or mocking the notion that anything can be done about climate change by inferring it would take something as drastic as altering the courses of the Sun and Moon to affect a change on nature.