Pentagon Ignores Trump’s Orders And Keeps Preparing For Climate Change


The Pentagon has continued to take steps to defend its military bases against climate change despite direction from Donald Trump to stop preparations.

Earlier this year, Trump revoked all climate-related federal agency actions directed by Barack Obama.

Obama’s initiatives included one directing the Pentagon to plan for a future where storms – such as Hurricane Irma – are a ‘frequent factor in the Pentagon’s operations’.

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Trump famously denies climate change exists, but thankfully, the Secretary of Defence doesn’t mirror the President’s thoughts.

In March, Jim Mattis made promises in a 58-page written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee saying he would make ‘addressing the threat climate change poses to U.S. national security a top priority as head of the Pentagon’, writes Military Times.

Mattis wrote:

The effects of a changing climate — such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others — impact our security situation.

I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.


Retired Marine Corps Col. Mark Cancian said it makes ‘a lot of sense to prepare for a wide variety of natural disasters’.

Even if there were no climate change, you would want to be ready for hurricanes, you would want to be ready for floods. I think the department is framing it in that context ―– just preparing for adverse events.

And a spokesman for the Pentagon said that is exactly what they’re doing.

Good to know some people have their heads screwed on.