John Kirby: Climate change can ‘force’ military intervention

John Kirby, the Biden administration’s coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, just claimed that so-called climate change is a “national security issue” and that it can “force” military intervention, American Military News reports

Who would have thought that the U.S. military would be needed to combat “climate change?” China, yes. Russia, yes. But, climate change?

This is insanity!

Kirby’s comments came on Tuesday during a press briefing that was held at the White House.

The main subject of the briefing was the Russia-Ukraine conflict. But, at one point, a reporter asked this:

You’ve long talked about how climate change is a national security issue for the country.  I’m wondering if you view this as a national emergency and if you believe that executive actions that will be announced are enough of a message to send to the world that the U.S. is indeed serious about climate change.

Before we get to Kirby’s response, let’s look at what this reporter is talking about.


On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced new executive actions with the goal of combatting “climate change,” which Biden referred to as an emergency.

Fox News reports:

Included in the executive actions is an effort to “protect communities from extreme heat and dangerous climate impacts,” which includes $2.3 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program in 2022 . . . The executive actions by Biden also include an effort to lower cooling costs for communities who are suffering from extreme heat.

The outlet goes on to report that the executive orders will “consider potential wind power projects” in various locations. And, that Biden is “directing the Secretary of the Interior to ‘advance clean energy development’ off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.”

Back to Kirby’s press briefing

It is with this in mind that the reporter asked the question. Kirby responded to the question, first, by insisting that climate change is a “national emergency.”

He said:

Geez, Jeff, I mean, not only does it affect our infrastructure — and you’re already starting to see military bases like Norfolk Naval Base having to invest millions of dollars to try to improve their infrastructure because of rising sea levels.  So it has an impact on our infrastructure.  It has an impact on our readiness, because you — and you’re seeing it now, even in the wildfires, where so many National Guardsmen are being called out.  And — and God love them for that, but they’re — those are important tasks and missions, but it takes away from other tasks and missions when it comes to defending the United States.

Kirby then made the claim that “natural disasters . . . are getting worse because of climate change.” And, he followed up with this:

[Climate change is] a driver of actual missions, because climate change creates instability, which creates insecurity in some places.  And you can end up — the fighting in Syria started, really, as a result of a drought.  And so, there’s — there’s a — it can actually drive military missions and force the military to become involved in places and at times where they wouldn’t have had to otherwise.

So, there you have it. Climate change causes military conflicts, which require military intervention. Go figure.

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