Mabus to Colbert: Arctic Melting Means More Ocean to ‘Navy’ On

 

It’s Fleet Week in New York City, so that means warships parked at Hudson River piers on Manhattan’s west side, sailors in their dress whites frolicking through the city streets and the Blue Angels performing at Long Island’s Jones Beach Airshow.

And this year it meant Navy Secretary Ray Mabus went on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report for an entertaining interview with Stephen Colbert. Mabus could help but laugh at some of the questions thrown his way by the satirical TV show host. During the interview, Mabus actually discussed climate change and how melting Arctic ice will impact the Navy.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Stephen Colbert take a selfie sailors during Fleet Week 2014 in New York City. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Stephen Colbert take a selfie sailors during Fleet Week 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani)

Here is the exchange between Mabus and Colbert:

Colbert: “Is global warming good for you guys, because rising sea levels there will be more ocean for you to navy in? Fifty years from now, Fleet Week is going to be in Columbus, Ohio.”

Mabus: “That’s why one of our biggest bases is in Indiana.”

Colbert: “Is it really?!? There’s a naval base in Indiana?”

Mabus: “Yes”

Colbert: “That’s a good congressman. That’s a really good congressman. Wow.”

Mabus: “We do have more ocean to navy on. As the ice is melting in the Arctic, our responsibilities increase. Seventy percent of the world lives within 40 miles of an ocean. And so as sea levels rise, instability follows. That gives us more responsibilities.”

Check out the video at the top of this post to watch the entire interview.

(Twitter via @StephenAtHome)

(Twitter via @StephenAtHome)

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