Will the Administration Change Views on Climate Change?

The White House is employing a panel to assess if climate change is a viable threat. Do you believe that global warming is a problem?

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Climate change has long been a controversial talking point with the current White House Administration because of their polarizing views on global warming. Despite scientific evidence to prove otherwise, President Trump has been a strong doubter of the issue, which is why he has rolled back on Obama-era regulations that were in place to fight rising temperatures.

He’s done this in spite of being told from his people that it’s an increasing threat. And now, according to the New York Times, Trump is putting together a 12-member committee to review whether climate change is a growing threat.

They will be reviewing a report put together by the Pentagon because of a bill signed by the president in 2017, with bipartisan support, that required “a report on climate change’s impact on military installations and encouraged department leaders to consider the effects of climate change when planning for current and future missions.”

The bill was passed back then because Congress felt that 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 are operating today, and where strategic implications for future conflict exist.”

However, the Trump administration continues to doubt the scientific findings of the latest report that states climate change is a growing issue, claiming they “have not undergone a rigorous independent and adversarial peer review to examine the certainties and uncertainties of climate science, as well as implications for national security.”

Among the panel is the controversial William Happer, a Princeton physicist whose inclusion has been criticized. He serves on the National Security Council as Trump’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies, but is more known for being a strong advocate of carbon dioxide, claiming that the more CO2 we produce, the more beneficial it is, despite nearly universal proof of the opposite.

“The link between climate science and national security has been closely studied for over a decade at the highest levels of the U.S. government — by scientists, the Defense Department, and intelligence agencies — and all those studies have made a strong case that various aspects of climate change have an effect on national security,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton.

The 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment, which was issued last month, stated: “Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security.”

The report specified on potential risks “such as the threat of rising sea levels to the safety of low-lying military installations and the likelihood that increased drought and flooding could lead to mass human displacement and widespread conflict.” It determined that “climate-driven food shortages could increase ‘the risk of social unrest, migration and interstate tension in countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Jordan.’”

“At every turn here they have tried to basically bury the science behind climate change,” Representative Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said. “It is simply not debatable from a scientific standpoint. Climate change will lead to instability in parts of the world that are fairly predictable.”


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The White House is employing a panel to assess if climate change is a viable threat. Do you believe that global warming is a problem?

Totals
10% Obviously
90% No way
Males
13% Obviously
87% No way
Females
5 Obviously
95% No way

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No way


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