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Trump ‘to remove climate change from list of national security threats’

Trump 'to remove climate change from list of national security threats'
The National Security Strategy will be published on Monday (Picture: AP)

Donald Trump is expected to remove climate change from his National Security Strategy when it is published on Monday.

It is a list of the greatest challenges the country faces, used as a guide for what needs to be addressed most.

The Federalist reports that Trump’s administration will change course from Barack Obama, who prioritised climate change as a major threat.

They claim to have have access to a draft document where climate change has been removed, with the focus on the economy and energy security instead.

It comes after Trump pulled the United States out of The Paris Agreement on climate emissions earlier this year.

Trump 'to remove climate change from list of national security threats'
Trump has been criticised for his climate policies (Picture: Rex)

‘Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,’ the draft Strategy says.

‘US 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.’

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The early draft of the strategy said America had put itself at a disadvantage by entering into multi-national agreements, such as those aimed at combating climate change, and introducing domestic policies to implement them.

That draft downplayed the national security risk of climate change and emphasized the costs to the US economy of environmental and other regulations aimed at mitigating it.

It was not immediately clear if the climate change language would be in the final version of the strategy.

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