The mainstream media is freaking out about President Trump’s new National Security Strategy for what it has to say about climate change. We’re not sure why anyone is surprised that the Trump administration, which has made pointed cutbacks at the EPA and ceremoniously yanked the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement earlier this year, would determine that “climate change” is not among our top national security threats, but we guess these leeches look for any reason they can find to launch into another round of criticism and Trump-bashing.
In the new NSS, the Trump administration actually goes quite a bit further than merely removing climate change as a national security threat. Indeed, it says the entire climate change movement ITSELF is the real threat to our security.
“Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” reads the official NSS document. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty. The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection. The United States will remain a global leader in reducing traditional pollution, as well as greenhouse gases, while expanding our economy. This achievement, which can serve as a model to other countries, flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains, not from onerous regulation.”
Alas, this really rankled the environmental leftists in charge of the Washington media.
In a typical example, the Huffington Post ranted on about the irresponsibility of the document at a time when so many interesting weather events were happening simultaneously:
The new national security report comes amid a barrage of extreme weather events that scientists say illustrate the effects of climate change. Wildfires occurring months after the usual season are raging in Southern California. Back-to-back scale-topping hurricanes wreaked havoc on Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this year. Last month, scientists announced that global fossil fuel emissions were set to hit an all-time high this year as carbon dioxide levels began surging again after staying flat for three years.
Yeah, so? The answer is what? To declare war on the weather?
Even the articles critical of Trump’s climate change policies admit that the NSS (or the administration’s decision to pull out of Paris) will not affect the Pentagon’s climate change preparations, nor the National Defense Authorization Act, which devotes plenty of space and money to combat the effects of global warming. It is, rather a symbolic gesture of prioritization and a signal that the White House is not going to waste its bully pulpit raging against carbon dioxide. There are ways to address climate change without handing over billions and billions (and billions) to third world countries and slashing energy jobs inside the U.S. It’s just a matter of using our heads…and letting the natural wave of the free market take its course.