From the Hartford Courant:
NEW LONDON — President Barack Obama warned graduating Coast Guard cadets Wednesday that their careers would be spent battling the "indisputable" effects of climate change, a global menace with the power to weaken American infrastructure and stoke unrest around the world
Rescuing people in distress, stopping terrorists at ports, seizing international drug shipments and patrolling waters in the Middle East are part of their duties, Obama told the 217 new officers at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's commencement at Cadet Memorial Field.
At the same time, they must contend with a warmer planet, melting glaciers and rising seas — "an immediate risk to our national security," Obama said.
"Even as we meet threats like terrorism, we cannot and we must not ignore a peril that can affect generations," said Obama, calling for more renewable energy and curbing of carbon emissions. "Cadets, the threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service. ... You know the beauty of the sea, but you also know its unforgiving power."