Truman Project Statement on Climate and Energy-Related Executive Orders

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive order this afternoon targeting the Clean Power Plan and other climate change-related policies, Truman National Security Project President and CEO Michael Breen released the following statement:

“The Trump Administration’s hostility to climate science and the American clean energy industry will have direct consequences for our national security. Senior military and defense leaders, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, agree that climate change is a “threat multiplier” that causes more frequent and severe weather events. These events in turn destabilize already fragile regions of the world, increasing the demands placed on the U.S. military and strengthening the extremist groups that we fight.”

“Today’s executive order particularly threatens the Clean Power Plan, which is our country’s most significant effort to date towards addressing climate change. The CPP was built on steps already taken by our military to invest in clean energy, advance innovative technologies, and enhance mission capability. Why the administration is reversing course is a mystery—or would be, if not for EPA Administrator Pruitt’s ties to the fossil fuel industry and documented hostility to the institution he now leads.”

“Moreover, these harmful actions follow the Administration’s prior push to weaken clean car and fuel efficiency standards. Transportation in the United States is still predominantly powered by the fossil fuels that directly contribute to climate change. These standards have significantly reduced our dangerous dependence on oil. Yet again, as is so often the case, the Trump Administration is pushing U.S. policy backwards rather than forwards.”