Biden prioritising climate change is 'mistake' says Pompeo
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President Joe Biden promised the US would lead a “decisive decade” in tackling climate change during a virtual climate summit with 40 other global leaders yesterday. However, the speech has angered some in Washington DC who feel the Biden administration is failing to recognise more prominent threats facing American national security than the environment. Mike Pompeo pointed to the danger posed by China in an interview with Fox News, saying failure to recognise Bejing as the greater threat was an “enormous mistake.”
Mr Pompeo told Fox News: “Everyone is for clean air and drinking water.
“But to place climate change on the list of threats that face the United States of America as number one is an enormous mistake.
“The threat from the Chinese Communist Party, they are here they are inside the gates, they have an enormous military, they are inside our infrastructure.
“Far outweighs the risk to the United States from climate change.”
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He added: “I could list have a dozen other challenges we face.”
The former Trump ally decided to lash out on Fox News after a current member of Biden’s cabinet listed the climate crisis as one of America’s biggest existential threats.
On Thursday Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said: “From coast to coast and across the world, the climate crisis has caused substantial damage and put people in danger, making it more difficult for us to carry out our mission of defending the United States and our allies.
“As the Arctic melts, competition for resources and influence in the region increases. Closer to the equator, rising temperatures and more frequent and intense extreme weather events in Africa and Central America threaten millions with drought, hunger and displacement.
CBS reports that Secretary Austin also told the gathering of world leaders that intelligence agencies from 18 separate countries had agreed to produce a report looking into the security implications of climate change.
It comes as President Biden set out climate targets which more than doubled the commitments laid out by Barack Obama in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
President Donald Trump later removed the United States from the accords in 2019.
Ahead of the climate summit which coincides with the five anniversary of the Paris Climate accords, President Biden took to Twitter to announce “America is back.”
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The President wrote: “We rejoined the Paris Agreement and are ready to rally the world to tackle the climate crisis. Let’s do this.”
Among the attendees of the climate summit was top NATO General Jens Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg told the gathering of world leaders that NATO would be ramping up efforts to address the climate crisis.
He said: “Global warming is making the world more dangerous. It has a serious impact on our security, so it matters for NATO,”
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