Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lack of U.S. Leadership on Climate Change Imperils Us

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lack of U.S. Leadership on Climate Change Imperils Us

Article excerpt

President Donald Trump has declared that climate change is not a national security threat. Yet his own secretary of defense, James Mattis, stated during his confirmation process that "climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today" and "climate change . requires a broader, whole-of-government response."

Mr. Trump proclaims the platitude that "economic security is national security." But he completely misses the point that climate change undermines economic security.

The World Economic Forum convenes economic leaders each year to assess the state of the world economy and issue a Global Risks Report. WEF participants represent scores of major world businesses including DuPont, Chevron, Dow Chemical, JPMorgan and Caterpillar.

In 2016, WEF concluded that "failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation has risen to the top and is perceived in 2016 as the most impactful risk for the years to come. …

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