Sanders Doubles Down: Global Warming Led to Rise of ISIS, Attack in Paris
DICKERSON: "Senator Sanders, I want to ask you, pick you were right where we left off last night when you mentioned that climate change in fact is related to terrorism. Can you talk a little bit more about that?"
SANDERS: "That's not only my observation, John, that is what the CIA and Department of Defense tells us. The reason, it's pretty obvious, if we are going to see an increase in drought, and flood, and extreme weather disturbances as a result of climate change, what that means is that peoples all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources. If there is not enough water, if there is not enough land to grow your crops then you're going to see migrations of people fighting over land that will sustain them. And that will lead to international conflicts. I think when we talk about all of the possible ravages of climate change, which to my mind is just a huge planetary crisis, increased international conflict is one of the issues that we have got to appreciate will happen."
DICKERSON: "How does drought connect with attacks by ISIS in the middle of Paris?"
SANDERS: "Well what happens in say, Syria, for example, there's some thought about this. Is that when you have drought, when people can't grow their crops, they're going to migrate into cities. When people migrate into cities they don't have jobs, there's going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now. Where you have discontent, you have instability, that is where problems arise, and certainly without, a doubt climate change will lead to that."