More than 100 House lawmakers, including 11 Republicans, sent a letter to the White House Thursday calling on President Trump to designate climate change as a major security threat after he declined to include it in his administration’s National Security Strategy, imploring him to “reconsider this omission.”
“We have heard from scientists, military leaders, and civil personnel who believe that climate change is indeed a direct threat to America’s national security and to the stability of the world at large,” write Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).
“As global temperatures become more volatile, sea levels rise, and landscapes change, our military installations and our communities are increasingly at risk of devastation. It is imperative that the United States address this growing geopolitical threat.”
The Hill added:
Lawmakers even included such warnings in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, calling climate change “a direct threat to the national security of the United States.” Trump signed the NDAA into law in December.
Leaving out climate change breaks with the Obama administration, which last year said it considers climate change a national security threat.
“Failing to recognize this threat in your National Security Strategy represents a significant step backwards on this issue and discredits those who deal in scientific fact,” the letter states.
During his confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that “the effects of a changing climate … will impact our security situation.”