President Trump in a speech on Monday will announce the administration’s new National Security Strategy, which will reportedly drop climate change in its list of threats to the nation and will instead emphasize the threats from Russia, China and North Korea and promote his “America First” agenda, reports Reuters.
Trump is expected to break with former President Obama who added climate change to its National Security Strategy in 2015. Obama often warned of the potential threat a warming planet posed, putting it on par with risks posed by terrorism and other dangers.
The reversal also comes weeks after a Trump administration report issued a dire warning on the impact of climate change, including a dramatic increase in wildfires and floods due to manmade climate change.
“This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment revealed. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”
“Globally averaged, annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 degree Centigrade, over the last 115 years,” David Fahey, an atmospheric scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and one of the leading authors of the report, told reporters. “This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization.”
The report cites “thousands of studies conducted by researchers around the world” that show evidence of a warming globe, including “changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures; melting glaciers; diminishing snow cover; shrinking sea ice; rising sea levels; ocean acidification; and increasing atmospheric water vapor.”
Trump, who has previously called climate change a Chinese hoax, announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement in May.
Trump is also expected to highlight North Korea’s nuclear threat to the U.S.
“As missiles grow in numbers, types, and effectiveness, to include those with greater ranges, they are the most likely means for states like North Korea to use a nuclear weapon against the United States. North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile,” an excerpt reads.