Trump to reverse Obama-era decision, remove climate change from list of national security threats

Trump to reverse Obama-era decision, remove climate change from list of national security threats
President Donald Trump is removing climate change as a national security threat to the U.S., according to the Federalist. (Torsten Blackwood - Pool/Getty Images)

The Trump administration is about to make another move on climate change that is sure to enrage liberals.

What is he going to do?

According to the Federalist, the Trump administration plans to announce on Monday its intention to scrub climate change from the list of national security threats. The new national security strategy will “will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection,” according to the publication.

A source in the government provided the Federalist with an excerpt of the document Trump plans to unveil. In part, it reads:

Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system. 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.

On the other hand, Obama made climate change a central concern of U.S. policy and national security. He even once likened it to the threat ISIS posed to the U.S. and said there was “no greater threat” to our future than climate change.

Then what will Trump focus on?

Instead of climate change, Trump’s upcoming national security strategy will focus on immediate national security threats, including North Korea, Iran, Islamic terrorist groups, human and drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

The report states:

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.

However, climate change won’t be completely lost on the administration, according to the Federalist.

Trump’s 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 model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains — not from onerous regulation.”