President Obama says climate change poses a risk to global security, during a commencement address to the graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: In a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday (May 20), Obama noted the problems created by extreme weather, which scientists believe can be exacerbated by climate change. Members of the Coast Guard are often among the first responders during natural disasters such as hurricanes. "You are part of the first generation of officers to begin your service in a world where the effects of climate change are so clearly upon us," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets during his address in New London, Connecticut. "Climate change will shape how every one of our services plan, operate, train, equip, and protect their infrastructure, today and for the long term." Rising seas, thawing permafrost and longer wildfires caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said. Obama has been trying to build support for an international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Global talks on the deal are slated for Paris in December. This summer, his administration will finalize regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants, a step that has been opposed by Republicans who control Congress.