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Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

From Reuters - January 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. Houseurged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider theomission of climate change from his administrations national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science.

In December, a new national security strategy documentdropped former President Barack Obamas description of climate change as a national security threat.

Climate will also be omitted from a Pentagon strategy document to be released later this month, an official has said.

Failing to recognize this threat ... represents a significant step backwards on this issue and discredits those who deal in scientific fact, said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

The letter was addressed to Trump, a Republican, and signed by 106 U.S. representatives.

The lawmakers, representing nearly a quarter of the House, said they have heard from scientists and military leaders who believe climate change is a direct threat to the country.

The letter was spearheaded by Representative James Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat, who last year introduced a measure into the defense policy bill that said climate change threatens the United States. Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican, also signed the letter.

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