Senator: Climate Change Is a More Serious Threat Than al-Qaida

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference to announce their proposed legislation to strengthen Social Security March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are sponsoring the 'Keepping Our Social Security Promises Act,' which they say will increase payroll taxes on the wealthest and bolster Social Security without raising the retirement age or lowering benefits. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 18, 2013, 4:37 a.m.

In a Play­boy in­ter­view, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he con­siders cli­mate change a big­ger threat than al-Qaida, The Hill re­ports.

The sen­at­or also charged U.S. politi­cians with stay­ing si­lent on the is­sue of cli­mate change and ac­cused them of be­ing be­hold­en to cor­por­ate in­terests.

“Big busi­ness is will­ing to des­troy the plan­et for short-term profits,” Sanders said. “And be­cause of their power over the polit­ic­al pro­cess, you hear a deaf­en­ing si­lence in the U.S. Con­gress and in oth­er bod­ies around the world about the sever­ity of the prob­lem. Glob­al warm­ing is a far more ser­i­ous prob­lem than al-Qaida.”

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