Liberals of America, prepare your fainting couches.
At The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway reports that the Trump Administration is about to make clear that it adheres to the crazy notion that the United States’ national security apparatus should be focused on, y’know, security rather than the Left’s pet obsession of climate change and their popular lies that it’s driven by human activity.
This declaration will come with next week’s release of the latest draft of the administration’s National Security Strategy, which will take a more measured approach to the issue:
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.
In a welcome change of pace, the draft makes clear that regardless of what one believes about climate change’s causes, any real solution “flows from innovation, technology breakthroughs, and energy efficiency gains –not from onerous regulation.” And most importantly of all, it will reorient national security on real-world threats to the American people:
North Korea seeks the capability to kill millions of Americans with nuclear weapons. Iran supports terrorist groups and openly calls for our destruction. Jihadist terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al Qaeda are determined to attack the United States and radicalize Americans with their hateful ideology. States and non-state actors undermine social order with drug and human trafficking networks, which drive violent crimes and cause thousands of American deaths each year…. Strengthening control over our borders and immigration system is central to national security, economic prosperity, and the rule of law. Terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal cartels exploit porous borders and threaten U.S. security and public safety.
This is a stark contrast from the Obama Administration, whose 2015 National Security Strategy, which announced an “ambitious new global climate change agreement to shape standards for prevention, preparedness, and response over the next decade,” justified by former President Barack Obama’s ludicrous assertions that “there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” which “is akin to the problem of terrorism and ISIL.”
Hemingway notes that then-candidate Donald Trump had a field day with those remarks on the campaign trail:
No, no, think of it. I mean, even if you’re a believer in global warming, ISIS is a big problem, Russia’s a problem, China’s a problem. We’ve got a lot of problems. By the way, the maniac in North Korea is a problem. He actually has nuclear weapons, right?
[…] Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the — a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it. And look, I want clean air and I want clean water. That’s my global — I want clean, clean crystal water and I want clean air. And we can do that, but we don’t have to destroy our businesses[.]
All of this is most welcome, especially considering that so-called “settled science” is a fraud. As MercatorNet editor Michael Cook explained in detail back in 2014, the endlessly-repeated statistic that 97% of scientists agree agree with the Left on climate change is a lie. The source is an article from the journal Environmental Research Letters making that claim, but it turns out they arrived at that number by a method that’s anything but scientific.
Human activity may not be heating the planet, but liberals are about to fill our atmosphere with a lot of hot air.