In an address to the American people on Monday, President Donald Trump outlined his administration’s new national security strategy, summed up as “America First.” Missing from the “National Security Strategy” document posted on WhiteHouse.gov and from Trump’s address was a classification of “climate change” as a national security threat, as the Obama Administration had, notably, done.
Moreover, President Trump made it clear that the country’s sovereignty and economic interests will come before adherence to international environmental regulations tied to climate change.
This is not exactly a surprise; President Trump boldly pulled the United States out of the economically crippling Paris Climate Accords this summer, much to the distress of his predecessor. “At the moment, we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue (climate change),” said Obama while attending a gala in Paris earlier this month.
As noted by The Daily Caller, “Obama’s 2015 national security strategy prioritized climate change as a national security threat. Obama’s strategy devoted more space to the threat posed by climate change than to the threat posed by North Korea.”
Yes, you read that correctly: President Obama classified ambiguous climate change as a greater threat than North Korea.
“Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water,” said the former administration’s national security strategy.
President Trump, on the other hand, emphasizes American sovereignty and economic interests over the liberal pet cause:
“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 document. “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 United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection. The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while expanding our economy. This is achievement, which can serve as a model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains, not from onerous regulation.”
“[I]t should be clear that the United States will not cede sovereignty to those that claim authority over American citizens and are in conflict with our constitutional framework,” adds the document, according to The Daily Caller.