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Trump to remove climate change from US National Security Strategy

A new approach to climate change will be announced in White House speech

18 December 2017, 7:36pm
US President Donald Trump is set to drop climate change from the National Security Strategy (Photo: CNN)
US President Donald Trump is set to drop climate change from the National Security Strategy (Photo: CNN)
The government lead by US President Donald Trump is set to take climate change off the list of global threats contained in the upcoming new National Security Strategy, which the president will announce on Monday.

This comes in stark contrast to previous US president’s Barack Obama’s stance, who had recognised climate change as being amongst the principal dangers facing the US, and considered reaching a consensus at an international level on global warming as a national security priority.

A senior government official said “Climate change is not identified as a national security threat but climate and the importance of the environment and environmental stewardship are discussed.”

The Federalist website, first to report that climate change would be dropped from the NSS, quoted a draft document which said that efforts to decrease oil, gas and coal dependence would be opposed by the Trump administration.