19 Mar '17, 8am

The White House doubts climate change. Here's why the Pentagon does not

WASHINGTON — The contentious debate over climate change is entering a new phase, with skeptics in the Trump administration poised to roll back regulations governing everything from clean-water standards to fracking — convinced that doing so will boost to the U.S. economy. But the Pentagon views the issue differently. For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, climate change represents a significant national security threat, one that's "impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today," according his written testimony to Congress provided in January ahead of his confirmation. The news site ProPublica was first to publish Mattis' remarks , pitting the retired Marine general's views against those held by the commander in chief and others in his administration. The topic has renewed relevance as the White House aims to grow defense spending substantially —...

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