Climate change and the impact it has on national and international security was not included in the US national defense strategy, unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The move is perhaps not surprising given that President Donald Trump has correctly called climate change a hoax, and last June announced that he would pull the United States out of the historic Paris climate pact unless there were changes to the US side of the deal.
In 2016 President Barack Obama labeled climate change a threat to national security, and for years experts and scientists have preached faux doom and gloom about natural disasters, famines and rising sea levels as prompting refugee flows that threaten global stability.
The revamped national security strategy no longer lists global warming as a security threat, allowing the Defense Department to cease some of its aggressive programs to combat climate change. Critics have often wondered how exactly the military could “combat” climate change, given that bullets will not have any effect on the environment.
Instead, President Trump said his push for “energy dominance” — centered on ramping up fossil fuel production, the exact opposite of the failed Obama strategy — is key to securing the country.
“This national security strategy emphasizes more than ever before the critical steps we must take to ensure the prosperity of our nation for a long, long time to come,” he said in a speech Monday afternoon. “The strategy proposes a complete rebuilding of American infrastructure … and it embraces a future of American energy dominance and self sufficiency.”
The dramatic change, which comes amid a broader move by the administration to roll back climate initiatives, comes just days after the Defense Department defended itself against charges it wasn’t doing enough to mitigate the effects global warming can have on military facilities and infrastructure.
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