PRESIDENT Donald Trump is set to further dismantle Barack Obama’s record on climate change with his administration’s new national security strategy.
He will not repeat Obama’s 2016 designation of climate change as a national security threat and instead focus on resurgent and increasingly aggressive China and Russia.
AFP or licensors President Donald Trump is set to further dismantle Barack Obama’s climate change work
Trump has vowed to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord unless changes are made to it.
The document states: “The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection.”
Trump’s national security posture reflects his “America First” priorities of protecting the US homeland and borders, rebuilding the US military, projecting strength abroad and pursuing trade policies more favourable to the US.
According to The Federalist website, the strategy also states: “The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while growing its economy.
Reuters He will not list climate change as a threat to national security, like his predecessor Obama did
“This achievement, which can serve as model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains –not from onerous regulation.”
Excerpts of the strategy also warn against Russia and China’s attempts to challenge US power and erode its security and prosperity.