(NationalSentinel) Defense: Oh, brother, we thought at first glance, not Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis…the climate change hoaxers got to him too?
It might seem like that on the surface, given a report in the Washington Examiner, but a closer look at the former Marine commandant’s answers to questions from Democratic senators as part of his secretary of defense confirmation process don’t really say one way or the other:
In a clash with President Trump’s environmental team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared that climate change is a threat to national security and one military planners must consider in drawing up strategies.
According to a report from ProPublica, Mattis told Democratic senators that climate change is real and “can be a driver of instability.”
His position, at odds with President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency chief, came in answers to questions from senators following his confirmation hearing. They were released to ProPublica which reached out to the White House and Pentagon for comment without success.
The report went on to note that Mattis “accepted” climate change science – but does he really? You bet the judge.
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “I understand that while you were commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command you signed off on a document called the Joint Operating Environment, which listed climate change as one of the security threats the military will face in the next quarter-century. Do you believe climate change is a security threat?”
Mattis: “Climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defense must pay attention to potential adverse impacts generated by this phenomenon.”
Shaheen: “General Mattis, how should the military prepare to address this threat?”
Mattis: “As I noted above, climate change is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of government response. If confirmed, I will ensure that the Department of Defense plays its appropriate role within such a response by addressing national security aspects.”
In a reply to another question, Mattis said:
“I agree that the effects of a changing climate — such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others — impact our security situation. I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.”
Okay, so, these aren’t exactly ringing endorsements. In fact, they look a whole lot like the retired general is answering questions without really saying anything – and he wouldn’t be the first Cabinet secretary to do so. (RELATED: More fake news: Climate hoaxers at it again with ‘hottest year on record’ claim)
Also, isn’t the military supposed to be ready for any contingency? Of course it is, and if the climate is “changing,” Mattis is saying the Defense Department will be ready. No where in any of these answers did he indicate that he believes the far-Left lie that human activity is causing the climate to change.