Congressional Republicans think linking climate crisis to national security is a big joke

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Officials at the White House, the most prestigious refuge for the nation’s stubborn cohort of climate crisis deniers, are finding that some federal departments and agencies aren’t interested in or have even heard about Donald Trump’s plan to set up a team to challenge scientific findings on climate change. And one of them, the Department of Defense, is especially out of step with this grotesque nonsense. The Pentagon has spent nearly a decade looking into, making plans, and adopting measures to deal with the impacts of climate change, which it considers a serious matter of national security.

The idea for this Presidential Committee on Climate Security came from William Happer, a senior director at the National Security Council who noted in an interview a decade ago:

“This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda” [...] “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.”

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