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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:45 PM

Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

Source: Reuters

#ENVIRONMENT JANUARY 12, 2018 / 1:40 PM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

Timothy Gardner
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration’s national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science.

In December, a new national security strategy document dropped former President Barack Obama’s description of climate change as a national security threat.

Climate will also be omitted from a Pentagon strategy document to be released later this month, an official has said.

“Failing to recognize this threat ... represents a significant step backwards on this issue and discredits those who deal in scientific fact,” said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

The letter was addressed to Trump, a Republican, and signed by 106 U.S. representatives.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-security/make-security-strategy-include-climate-again-lawmakers-urge-trump-idUSKBN1F12DC

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