(National Sentinel) Globaloney: The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era policy declaring “climate change” a national security threat, according to the President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy, to be released Monday.
Rather, the new strategy will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to The Federalist, quoting an unnamed source who claims to have seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft.
“Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said.
“U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests,” it continued.
“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.”
President Obama made climate change a primary focus of his administration, enacting a series of often burdensome regulations that drove up costs on industry. The alleged threat was included in his own National Security Strategy that he released in 2015, The Federalist reported.
“[W]e are working toward an ambitious new global climate change agreement to shape standards for prevention, preparedness, and response over the next decade,” that report said.
“In some ways, [climate change] is akin to the problem of terrorism and ISIL,” Obama said at climate talks in Paris in 2015. During a weekly address, Obama claimed, “Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.”
Then, in September 2016, two months before the election, Obama released a memorandum that required federal agencies to consider the effects of climate change as they developed national security policies and plans.
“All of this alarmed critics concerned with more pressing security risks,” The Federalist noted.
Trump’s National Security Strategy, however, will refocus U.S. attention on more conventional threats.
“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,” the draft notes further.
“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,” it adds.
“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,” it says.
Regarding climate change, the draft states:
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.
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