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DOD claims China, climate change are ‘equally important’ threats

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea with the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey and the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh in the Strait of Malacca, June 18, 2021. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rawad Madanat)

By Thomas Catenacci
Daily Caller News Foundation

The Department of Defense (DOD) said Wednesday that China and climate change were “equally important” threats to U.S. national security.

“We get paid to examine all the threats to our national security,” Defense Department press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “And I don’t know that it does anybody good to put some sort of relative analysis assessment on that. You’ve heard the secretary talk about the climate as a — a real and existential national security threat, and it is, not just to the United States, but to countries all over the world.”

“And we considered China as the number one pacing challenge for the department. Both are equally important,” he continued. “Both are challenges that the secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on.”

President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have repeatedly warned that climate change is a major national security threat for Americans and the entire world. Since taking office, the president has implemented policies designed to curb U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and transition the nation’s energy reliance to renewable sources.

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