"Climate change is having a impact on our public health," Obama said Wednesday at an event at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University.
Citing "nurses," "primary care physicians" and "moms" as some of his sources, he told his audience, "what we know is that the temperature of the planet is rising. And we know that in addition to the adverse impacts that may have when it comes to more frequent hurricanes, or more powerful storms, or increased flooding, we also know that it has an impact on public health."
"The Pentagon has already said that climate change is a primary national security threat that we’re going to face, and we are working with the Department of Defense to start preparing for that and mitigating for that. And a lot of our international policy and national security policy is centered around the very real concerns that that’s going to raise."
His remarks inadvertently harkened back to his 2008 victory speech after winning the Democratic Party nomination, when he famously said, "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
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