Mattis Calls out Deniers of Climate Change, Urges Them to Ensure Next Generation Isn’t ‘Caught Flat-Footed’

Former Defence Department Secretary James Mattis called on those who disagree with the threat of climate change to reconsider their position to protect future generations.

The former defense secretary has been making the rounds publicizing the recent release of his book, giving more insight into political views after his exit from the Trump administration early this year.

During an interview on MSNBC, Mattis told host Andrea Mitchell that he believes climate change is a major threat to global peace that could negatively impact future generations.

Watch Mattis’ comments below:

“I will say, that climate change, I believe, is a reality. We are dealing with open waters where it used to be ice fields that we have to deal with. And I think that the way — let me just talk for a moment to those who are skeptical of climate change. Wouldn’t you — even if you’re skeptical of it — wouldn’t you want to take out an insurance policy just in case it was right? I mean, I’m not going to talk to the people who believe in climate change right now but for those who are adamant there’s no climate change, you look at the receding sea ice and have different explanations. Why wouldn’t we take out an insurance policy and do prudent steps to make certain the generation that’s coming up is not going to be caught flat-footed by this?”

Mattis called climate change a “national security issue,” hinting at the issues some European countries have seen following the Syrian refugee crisis — which some believe was exasperated by global warming.

“It’s a national security issue because when people have to leave devastated areas and move elsewhere, the refugee flows, all of the humanitarian effort that goes into it, the willingness of some people to take advantage of those people, terrorists in particular, and recruit from them because they feel a loss of hope, it’s a reality we’re going to have to deal with.”

As IJR previously reported, climate change has been a top issue for many 2020 Democrats. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has not made the issue a priority, often mocking the issue on social media.

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proudmomoffive
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proudmomoffive

Blah! I just lost all respect for the good general. I thought he would be more intelligent. What a pity! I wonder why he is jumping in the climate hysteria loony bandwagon. Does he not realize he is in the same bus with Occasional Cortex? Is he turning democ-rat? Oh Boy!!!

Willie Horton
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Climate change, global warming, what a crock!!! Liberal, democrat garbage, just another way for them to take over your life and freedom.

Helen Starlight
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Helen Starlight

Secretary of Defense Mattis, your opinion is very important to show Trump what a risk he takes with his uniformed decisions. Thank you for writing this very important Opinion

Helen Starlight
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Helen Starlight

Thank you for posting your intelligent reply to Climate Change. It is beyond a reality. It’s an adversary

General Confusion
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“the oxygen level is dwindling. Well they take the readings in winter when there are no leaves on the trees. Hello!” Jill

You do realize that the Earth is like a ball, right? So like when it is winter in one hemisphere, it is summer in the other? Scientists can take oxygen readings all around the globe, all at the same time, too, not just in a small area. Hello!

I sense a wee bit of confusion on your part, Jill.

Karin Callaway
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Sorry, Mr. Mattis, but This farce has been going on since 1952. At that time it was a beginning of another ice age, then 10 years later, it was solar flares that would destroy our ozone layer in 5 years, then it was -0- oxygen because of all the deforestation around the world in 3 years. None of those happened. So now some bartender turned Representative says earth will be destroyed in 12 years. This has gone on so long with all the democrat terror actions why should we believe you, a bartender, a bunch of nut cases. We are… Read more »

Jill
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People were pouring into Europe to start social jihad. Any crisis was a fantasy started by their media or imams. How does Mattis explain why the west side of Antarctica is growing ice??
Lib documentaries talk about how the oxygen level is dwindling. Well they take the readings in winter when there are no leaves on the trees. Hello! Measure in summer and there will be a huge difference. Just the left’s scare tactics are real, not global warming. It is good to use our earth wisely, but be honest and tell the real truth, not fantasy.

Friend
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Well…. There’s things I like about this man, and then there’s things I just don’t understand…. I have no idea how people think that we are affecting the weather on the planet Earth. That’s just so stupid and arrogant to think that we have that kind of power. If the climate is changing, there is not a darn thing we can do about it, and it is always changing…. Good grief people, go worry about something you can actually , like your behavior.

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