Trump Admin To Remove Climate Change From List Of National Security Threats

The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats.

The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft.

“Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.”

This matches President Trump’s vision, sometimes shared using his trademark hyperbole, that the United States needs to emphasize national security and economic growth over climate change.

During his successful campaign, Trump mocked Obama’s placement of climate change in the context of national security. Here’s a sample of his approach from a campaign speech in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in late 2015:

So Obama’s always talking about the global warming, that global warming is our biggest and most dangerous problem, OK? No, no, think of it. I mean, even if you’re a believer in global warming, ISIS is a big problem, Russia’s a problem, China’s a problem. We’ve got a lot of problems. By the way, the maniac in North Korea is a problem. He actually has nuclear weapons, right? That’s a problem.

We’ve got a lot of problems. We’ve got a lot of problems. That’s right, we don’t win anymore. He said we want to win. We don’t win anymore. We’re going to win a lot — if I get elected, we’re going to win a lot.

(Applause)

We’re going to win so much — we’re going to win a lot. We’re going to win a lot. We’re going to win so much you’re all going to get sick and tired of winning. You’re going to say oh no, not again. I’m only kidding. You never get tired of winning, right? Never.

(Applause)

But think of it. So Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the — a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it. And look, I want clean air and I want clean water. That’s my global — I want clean, clean crystal water and I want clean air. And we can do that, but we don’t have to destroy our businesses, we don’t have to destroy our —

And by the way, China isn’t abiding by anything. They’re buying all of our coal; we can’t use coal anymore essentially. They’re buying our coal and they’re using it. Now when you talk about the planet, it’s so big out there — we’re here, they’re there, it’s like they’re our next door neighbor, right, in terms of the universe.

The draft of the National Security Strategy makes this approach policy, emphasizing national security and economic growth over climate change.

President Obama made climate change, and the burdensome regulations that accompany its focus, a primary focus of his administration, including in his National Security Strategy released in 2015. “[W]e are working toward an ambitious new global climate change agreement to shape standards for prevention, preparedness, and response over the next decade,” that report said.

“In some ways, [climate change] is akin to the problem of terrorism and ISIL,” Obama said at climate talks in Paris in 2015. During a weekly address, Obama said: “Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.”

In September 2016, President Obama released a memorandum requiring federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans. All of this alarmed critics concerned with more pressing security risks.

By contrast, President Trump’s National Security Strategy will focus on conventional and immediate national security risks. The draft says, in part:

North Korea seeks the capability to kill millions of Americans with nuclear weapons. Iran supports terrorist groups and openly calls for our destruction. Jihadist terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al Qaeda are determined to attack the United States and radicalize Americans with their hateful ideology.

States and non-state actors undermine social order with drug and human trafficking networks, which drive violent crimes and cause thousands of American deaths each year…. Strengthening control over our borders and immigration system is central to national security, economic prosperity, and the rule of law.

Terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal cartels exploit porous borders and threaten U.S. security and public safety. These actors adapt quickly to outpace our defenses.

As for climate change, the draft report says “The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while growing its economy.

This achievement, which can serve as a model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains –not from onerous regulation.”

Read more at The Federalist

Comments (16)

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    Sonnyhill

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    Obama, Merkel, Trudeau want us to adopt climate change as a life style. Like Rakooi, walking his dog through hundreds and hundreds of giant wind turbines, collecting dead birds for supper.

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      rakooi

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      Secretary of Defense James Mattis
      DOD/Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
      Trump’s defense chief cites climate change as national security challenge

      By Andrew Revkin, ProPublicaMar. 14, 2017 , 1:00 PM

      Reprinted from ProPublica

      Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.

      In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing in January, Mattis said it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a real-time issue, not some distant what-if.

      “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” Mattis said in written answers to questions posed after the public hearing by Democratic members of the committee. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.”

      Mattis has long espoused the position that the armed forces, for a host of reasons, need to cut dependence on fossil fuels and explore renewable energy where it makes sense.

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        Sonnyhill

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        I’m sure that by now, Mattis has figured out which way the political winds are blowing.

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          Meandering

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          Yes, but you don’t know how RakooI is blowing .

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          Gordon Chamberlain

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          160 nations+ 13 US states 100s of cities hundreds of major corp are engaged in climate action . Trumps economic council walked away from his lack of evidence and critical thinking but you believe they are ALL WRONG . ALL following #FAKENEWS by Al Gore is that right .
          Do tell us which way the wind is blowing . Can you tell us how you feel about ocean acidification , ecocide. You are aware right. Trump has told your right. http://www.EndEcocide.org

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        David Lewis

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        The primary military threat that is possible from an ice free Artic would be from Russia. I read some of the articles from the alarmists and that was the country of concern. However, this is bogus. As Obama said to Putin, “Military conflict is not in our future.” I can see times when our relationship with Russia is smooth, other another times when it will be rocky. But we will not approach military conflict.

        The other problem with lack of Artic ice being a security threat is that the ice isn’t melting. Some years it increases, and some decreases, but there is no sign of a long term decline.

        It is ludicrous to claim that a temperature increase of just one degree could be destabilizing certain areas of the world. There is and always has been a lot of instability in certain regions, but don’t blame climate change.

        There has been a very real impact of climate change on our military. Following Obama’s orders the military diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from important areas to prepare for climate change.

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          Gordon Chamberlain

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          Can you explain why you hide behind a false name but you want us to believe that you are a credible, real person and not a socio ecopath . Can you tell us what you are doing to improve the things you are concerned about.
          What did Trump tell you about those causing extensive damage to your environment , acts of ecocide . He did tell you right? http://www.EndEcocide.org
          Can you tell us about the legacy of corporate contamination in the USA . Superfunds. How did that happen. How much is the US having to pay to clean up those toxic disasters. Does that sound like moral, responsible governance that permitted that?

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      Gordon Chamberlain

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      Can you tell us what you know about how criminal socio ecopath religious and atheist politicians and corporate leaders have responded to ocean acidification ?

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        Sonnyhill

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        Spurwing Plover warned us about your kind, an “eco wacko” . Please feel free to flail, wail,clench your fists, stomp your feet and foam at the mouth, Gord Chamberlain.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    There are bigger threats to this nation other then this so called Global Warming?Climate Change like ISIS and so called refugees as well as enviromentalists nuts various forgien nations the Useless Nations the Demacratic Party a lie a day media and dip-wads like Rakooi and i hope his dog gets run over by a electric car

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    rakooi

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    ONCE AGAIN,
    TRUMP proves to the military that he KNOWS more than the GENERALS…..at least in his own mind, if not in reality ! ! ! !

    Military Leaders Urge Trump to See Climate as a Security Threat

    Dozens of military and defense experts advised the president-elect that global warming should transcend politics
    By Erika Bolstad, ClimateWire on November 15, 2016

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      4TimesAYear

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      Military leaders urge Trump to see it as a security threat because it means they get more $$$ if he does. Time to stop this fiasco in its tracks. The military has operated in every climate that exists on this planet; a little change won’t make a single solitary difference.

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        Sonnyhill

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        Nothing to take seriously in rakooi’s comment. “Dozens of military and defense experts…..” , none named. Cut & pasted from Climatewire, 13 months ago.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Rakooi proves once again how liberals shoot off their pieholes before their brains kick in most liberals use emotions and sniveling little snowflakes China is the worlds #1 Polluter despite what we read in liberal written books like A Kids Enviroment Book and A Earth Book for Kids

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      Gordon Chamberlain

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      Can you explain why you hide behind a false name but you want us to believe that you are a credible, real person and not a socio ecopath . Can you tell us what you are doing to improve the things you are concerned about.
      What did Trump tell you about those causing extensive damage to your environment , acts of ecocide . He did tell you right? http://www.EndEcocide.org
      Can you tell us about the legacy of corporate contamination in the USA . Superfunds. How did that happen. How much is the US having to pay to clean up those toxic disasters. Does that sound like moral, responsible governance that permitted that?

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    Amber

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    While “climate change ” is not a national security threat the people who promote the con job to further their own self interest are .
    Globalization , population control and $billions in subsidies to “renewable ” businesses are but a few interest groups trying to milk the earth has a fever for their own financial benefit .
    President Trump was right again . The Paris pledge will never be honoured in any event just like Kyoto which the USA didn’t sign on to either . Can you blame the “have not’ banana republics for lining up to pocket free USA tax payer cash ?
    President Trump has brought to light the outright corruption of the FBI senior management who are scheming to overthrow the duly elected President .
    Gee I wonder what China or Russia would already have done to these treasonous bastards . Guaranteed they wouldn’t be working in the Personnel department or any other government facility except prison where they belong .
    Wonder how it feels to work for FBI bosses who are out to politically assassinate the President in concert with Democrat
    pals . Mueller picked these people out of all the highly qualified
    honest FBI agents says it all . Fire them all and then prosecute these political operatives for treason .

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