Report: Trump won’t list global warming as a national security threat

By Michael Bastasch

The Trump administration will reportedly remove manmade global warming from its list of national security threats, reversing an Obama-era policy putting the global climate at the center of foreign and national security policy.

“Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” reads a draft of the National Security Strategy obtained by The Federalist.

“U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests,” reads the draft report, which is set for release Monday. “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.”

The Obama administration listed global warming as a top national security threat, and administration officials even blamed climate changes for sparking the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS.

“Climate change will impact every country on the planet,” former President Barack Obama told U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in 2015.

“No nation is immune,” Obama said. “So I am here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country.”

It’s not an unexpected move. President Donald Trump signed an executive order in March dismantling much of his predecessor’s global warming policies, including requiring the military to take global warming into account in national security assessments.

Trump announced in June that he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and he’s also stopped funding the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.

Earlier this year, reporters pointed out that Defense Secretary James Mattis’s stance on global warming was at odds with Trump’s. ProPublica obtained Mattis’s written responses to Senate lawmakers where he said “climate change is already destabilising the world.”

With this report, Trump will announce he’s aligning his security strategy with his overall agenda — prioritizing economic growth over global warming.

“The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while growing its economy,” reads the draft report. “This achievement, which can serve as model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains – not from onerous regulation.”

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5 thoughts on “Report: Trump won’t list global warming as a national security threat

  1. With good reason for not buying the scam known as Global Cooling,Warming,Change,the weather.

    U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare

    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

  2. Only because global warming, or global cooling, or global change du jour is NOT a national security threat. It is not threat at all. Only very foolish Democrats and Progressives believe it….but then…looking at their leadership (Pelosi, Obama, Schumer, etc) they would believe anything to have voted those nuts in.

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