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WASHINGTON – President Trump is preparing to set up a panel to investigate how climate change affects national security, to include a White House council whose views are largely contrary to the established scientific consensus that Man-made global warming poses a threat to the country's economy, health and security.
The panel will include William Happer, a Princeton physicist who serves as Mr. Trump's Deputy Director of New Technologies. Dr. Happer has gained notoriety in the scientific community for its statement that carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas scientists say, captures heat and heats the planet – is beneficial to humanity.
Efforts to establish the panel come in the wake of several new comprehensive reports concluding that the heating plan constitutes clear and specific risks to national security. The inclusion of Dr. Happer suggests that action may be the final step from the Trump administration to reduce or distort the established scientific consensus on the impact of climate change.
A spokesman for the National Security Council, who heads the panel's formation, refused to comment on the post.
"We welcome a strictly independent panel of credible climate and security experts to study the safety implications of climate change – but that is not," said Francesco Femia, a founder of the Center for Climate and Security, a research organization that focuses on the national security implications of climate change. "The proposed committee must provide a so-called" contradictory review "of already stringent reports from scientific agencies, intelligence services and the Ministry of Defense."
He claimed that Dr. The role of Happer meant that the panel would not "be independent or rigorous."
In 2015, Dr. Happer convened to testify to a Senate Committee after the Greenpeace environmental group showed that he was willing to write a scientific paper at the request of a named oil and gas company in the Middle East.
In his email exchange with Greenpeace, Dr. Happer, "More CO2 will benefit the world. The only way to limit CO2 is to stop using fossil fuels, which I think would be a deeply immoral and irrational policy."
Dr. Fortunately, the alleged financiers suggested that he was not paid directly. "My activities to push back towards climate extremism is a love work," he wrote.
The White House note notes that several scientific and defense reports have recently concluded that climate change poses a major threat to national security, but it casts doubt on these reports and says: "These scientific and national security judgments have not been reviewed. strictly independent and contradictory peer review to investigate the uncertainty and uncertainty of climate research as well as consequences for national security. "
Earlier this month, the director of national intelligence published its worldwide threat assessment 2019, which concluded that "global environmental and ecological degradation as well as climate change are likely to burn the competition for resources, economic distress and social discontent through 2019 and beyond. Climate climbers like extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, fires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation and acidifying oceans intensify, threaten infrastructure, health and water, and food security. "
The report is listed as specific threats caused by climate change such as the threat of rising sea levels to the safety of low-lying military installations and the likelihood that increased drought and flooding can lead to mass human shifts and increased conflict. The report concluded that climate-driven food shortages could increase the risk of social unrest, migration and interstate tensions in countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq and Jordan.
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