In his ongoing war with U.S. Pat. intelligence agencies, President Donald Trump is now challenging the military's long-standing conclusion that climate change poses a serious national security threat to America, appointing a climate science leader to lead the effort. , spearheaded by William Happer, one of the president's National Security Council (NSC) appointees, the Washington Post reported after obtaining an NSC discussion paper on the subject.
doing and saying nothing about this pressing threat, ”said Rear Admiral David Titley's statement in a statement.
Titley, a former oceanographer of the navy who led its Task Force on Climate Change, called Trump's new panel" an embarrassment "and said Happer holds "an extreme, fringe view even for the tiny number of scientists" who deny climate science.
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Happer has compared the overwhelming scientific consensus that carbon dioxide causes global warming to Nazi "propaganda" and said, "What used to be science has turned into a cult."
In 2014, he went as far as claiming that "the demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler, "in an interview with CNBC. "Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews," Happer said.
Happer served as board chair at the Exxon-funded George C. Marshall Institute he spun into a new group, the CO2 Coalition. In 2015, he was caught in a $ 250 an hour payment acceptance payment, to be tunneled through his CO2 Coalition, to write a pro-fossil fuel report secretly paid for by what he thought was Middle Eastern oil and Indonesian coal businesses.  Similarly, the Peabody Coal donated $ 8,000 to Happer's CO2 Coalition in exchange for his testing at a Minnesota regulatory hearing on the social cost of carbon. "I told Peabody I'd be happy to write testimony for them," Happer told ClimateWire in December 2015. "And if they want to pay me, I'd be delighted to take the money for our little coalition."
Of course, Trump himself is an unabashed climate science denier who has repeatedly called climate change a hoax and worked to kill domestic climate action. He is in the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, the only major country in the world to take that step.
At the same time, the administration's own scientific experts have repeatedly issued White House-approved reports explaining that Trump's anti-climate policies will have catastrophic impacts. on this country. The president's own intelligence and security agencies have issued multiple Worldwide Threat Assessments. A Pentagon study released last year concluded that climate change threatens nearly half of all U.S. military sites
Indeed, Trump himself signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, explained, "climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States and is impacting stability in areas of the world both where the United States armed forces exist today and where strategic implications exist for the future conflict. ”
But, then, facts, science, and US intelligence assessments have never stood in the way of either the president's statements or his policies. Like Happer, the president is more interested in carbon emissions than this country.