May 19 - Climate change poses the threat of sparking greater global conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tells the graduating class of Boston College, urging them to play a role in pushing for new energy policies. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The rapidly changing climate poses a threat of sparking greater global conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told the graduating class of Boston College on Monday (May 19), urging the graduates to play a role in pushing for new energy policies. Citing recent reports from the United Nations and White House showing that a rising emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels in contributing to a warming world, he warned of the possibility of climate-related conflict. "Climate change is directly related to the potential of greater conflict and greater instability," Kerry said at Boston College, where he received his law degree in 1976. "I'm telling you that there are people in parts of the world, in Africa, today, they fight each other over water. They kill each other." Kerry, who served as U.S. Senator for Massachusetts for 28 years before President Barack Obama named him secretary of state last year, also said the problem of climate change was a solvable one and cited humanity's successes in battling infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS, as evidence that technological solutions could work. Kerry offered few specific policy recommendations in his 19-minute speech, but noted that investments in clean energy sources, which typically include technologies such as solar and wind power, could help in the effort to contain climate change. An 800-page report released by the White House earlier this month showed how the consequences of climate change could play out on several fronts, including infrastructure, water supplies and agriculture.