Kamala Harris has officially gone off the deep end.
The vice president left listeners dumbfounded Friday as she claimed during a speech to graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy that climate change is a “very real threat to our national security.”
According to NBC News, the talk made Harris the first woman to deliver a commencement address at the Maryland-based military academy in its 175-year history.
Harris calls on grads to “mitigate this threat”
Speaking to graduates Friday, Harris didn’t shy away from broaching a wide range of topics.
“Well, Midshipmen, we are now entering the next era,” she said, according to a transcript. “A new age, a new epoch, with its own tests, with its own challenges, and with its own opportunities.” And, apparently, new threats.
After speaking briefly on cybersecurity, Harris turned to climate change, “which is a very real threat to our national security,” she said.
“And I look at you and I know you are among the experts who will navigate and mitigate this threat,” the vice president told Naval Academy graduates.
“You are ocean engineers who will help navigate ships through thinning ice. You are mechanical engineers who will help reinforce sinking bases,” Harris said. “You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power.”
According to the Daily Caller, Harris laughed as she added: “Just ask any Marine today: Would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel? And I am positive, she will tell you a solar panel. And so would he!”
White House puts climate first
As the Daily Caller reports, the Biden administration has made tackling climate change a top priority even within the military. In fact, Harris’ remarks aren’t too far off comments made by Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin back in April, the Daily Caller notes.
“Today, no nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis. We face all kinds of threats in our line of work, but few of them truly deserve to be called existential. The climate crisis does,” Austin said. “Climate change is making the world more unsafe and we need to act.”
In the meantime, it seems problems like an ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border will continue sitting on the White House’s backburner.