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106 Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge Trump to Restore Climate Change to National Security Strategy

by Countable | 1.17.18

What’s the story?

A bipartisan group of over 100 members of Congress sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging the administration to recognize climate change as a national security threat.

Climate change is not mentioned in the National Security Strategy (NSS) released last month. The previous NSS, released in 2015 by the Obama administration, listed "the accelerating impacts of climate change" as one of the top strategic threats.

Why does it matter?

The letter, written by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and signed by 106 members of Congress - including eleven Republicans – expresses concern over the president’s "recent National Security Strategy, which fails to recognize climate change as a threat to the United States."

"We have heard from scientists, military leaders and civilian personnel who believe that climate change is indeed a direct threat to America's national security and to the stability of the world at large," the lawmakers wrote.

They continue:

"As global temperatures become more volatile, sea levels rise, and landscapes change, our military installations and our communities are increasingly at risk of devastation. It is imperative that the United States addresses this growing geopolitical threat."

What do you think?

Do you agree with the lawmakers that failing to recognize climate change in the NSS "represents a significant step backwards on this issue and discredits those who deal in scientific fact"? Want to see your member of Congress add – or withdraw – their name from the letter? Hit Take Action and let them know, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Joanne
    01/17/2018
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    I applaud these 106 Senators for finally standing up to trump and recognizing the truth about our environment. The world, as we know it, is in grave danger for future generations. Only humans can try to slow down and reverse some of the damage we have done. Is trump human??? I am not sure but maybe he can be made to understand that all his money won’t protect his future family from this.

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  • Pam
    01/17/2018
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    The vast majority of Americans believe that climate change is reaI. With the republicans pushing the fossil fuel agenda, we are giving countries who are developing technologies in solar and wind the clear advantage to the future. I applaud these 106 representatives for finally standing up to trump and recognizing the truth about our environment.

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  • Morgan
    01/17/2018
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    I urge my representatives to add their names to the letter to Trump if they haven't already. Climate change is the biggest threat to the planet as a whole.

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  • Melinda
    01/17/2018
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    Support climate change initiative

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  • Donna
    01/18/2018
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    I support the intent, but by now everyone in Congress, and the country, should realize DJT does NOT GIVE A DAMN about opinions expressed by ANYONE but himself. He joked about global warming in reference to the coldest New Year's Eve celebration in NYC, contrasting cold temperatures to a warming planet. He is ignorant, juvenile and dangerous. We should keep trying to build public pressure against his out-dated policies and beliefs but he doesn't give a damn about that either. He lives in his own fantasy world where there is no rising sea level or melting ice cap or stronger hurricanes or drought or flood. When the next Sandy hits Manhattan and 5th Ave is wiped out, HE can escape the destruction of Trump Tower by retreating to Bedminster or Mar-A-Lago. As long as HE is safe, the rest of us don't matter. Hell of an attitude for the POTUS to hold.

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  • Holly
    01/17/2018
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    Good job senators! I hope my elected officials will also urge the president to admit to the dangers of climate change.

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  • John
    01/17/2018
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    If we don’t address climate change & take immediate action to reduce the factors contributing to it, there won’t be a habitable country or planet. Just because a tiny number of so-called scientists deny climate change doesn’t mean it’s not true. Denying science is the refuge of the ignorant. Just ask 45.

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  • James
    01/17/2018
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    Nope!

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  • Jamie
    01/17/2018
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    Climate change is real, backed by scientific facts. There is no one benefiting from climate change. Wouldn’t everything we are doing to help slow down any kind of climate change be for the good anyways?

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  • John
    01/17/2018
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    There is no such thing as climate change affecting our country’s security. All dem talking points to centralize government.

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  • Monica
    01/18/2018
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    Yes, climate change is real and a global threat!

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  • Richard
    01/17/2018
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    Oh yeh? NASA disagrees with lots of these vastly exaggerated political opinions.

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  • Stanmanstu
    01/18/2018
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    Damn there are some clueless idiot snowflakes in the world. Weather will always be a threat! Piss off about your Al Gore religion, okay! It does not require Federal funding to try and change asshole's minds about litter and living sustainably!! Done with my rant!

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  • David
    01/17/2018
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    Yes, be more conscious of the environment!

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  • Michael n angie
    01/18/2018
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    WTF ever!! That’s nothing but a for profit scam. And I for one am tired of OUR tax dollars being wasted on CRAP LIKE THIS!! It’s been debunked already so get over it. Man-Bear-Pig is NOT real‼️😂😂😂 READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • Travis
    01/17/2018
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    Hey Joanne, there literally aren’t 106 senators.

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  • Terry
    01/18/2018
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    100 out of 535 ? That’s not even 20%. Democracy is majority rules 50.1% or 268.

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  • Richard
    01/18/2018
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    Increasing CO2 is good! Agriculture will benefit and produce more food to feed homeless while facing no overall threats to humanity.

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  • Frank
    01/17/2018
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    You all think this shit about global is fake it’s not it’s real! But not for the reasons everyone thinks. Think about what I’m going to say ask a scientist if the sun is expanding the answer will be yes. Is the earth moving away from the sun no. So what do you think going to happen it’s going to get warmer.

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  • David
    01/19/2018
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    Go to this web site to learn why Climate Change is a myth, stewards@cornwallalliance.org. 25 years ago they said we would be having another ice age! These people are using this to bring in a one world order and entrap us all !

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