President Barack Obama said during a press conference on Tuesday that his plans to attend a climate change summit in December will serve as a “powerful rebuke” to ISIS, which took credit for brutal terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and injured hundreds more.
While standing alongside French president François Hollande in a joint news conference at the White House, Obama explained that his attendance at next month’s World Climate Summit will put ISIS in its place.
“Next week I will be joining President Hollande and other world leaders in Paris for the Global Climate Conference,” Obama said. “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”
This isn’t the first time Obama has conflated climate change with terrorism. In April, the two-term Democratic president said a changing climate, a dynamic which has existed since the earth’s creation, posed a far greater threat than terrorism.
“Wednesday is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and protect this precious planet we call home. And today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” he said in an official White House video released last April.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry echoed Obama’s comments just days before the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris in a speech about how climate change represents a dire threat to American national security. Kerry did not mention ISIS a single time in his speech.
Obama’s comments come just a day after the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert urging American citizens not to travel abroad for fear of increased terror activity. The travel alert, which did not mention any specific threats caused by increased climate change, will expire in February of 2016.