Report: White House Panel Will Study Climate Change, National Security

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Report: White House Panel Will Study Climate Change, National Security
The White House is setting up a panel to study climate change and whether it poses a threat, according to The Washington Post.
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The Trump administration is reportedly working to create a panel that will study whether climate change is a national security issue — and it will be led by a climate change skeptic.

That's all according to The Washington Post, which reports the Trump administration has already drafted an executive order to set up the panel. The 12-person committee will reportedly be led by William Happer, a physicist serving as the president's deputy assistant for emerging technologies. Happer has said that the carbon emissions connected to climate change should be viewed as an asset to humanity.

A 2018 U.N. report found worldwide greenhouse gas emissions were still increasing as of 2017 and said the world needs to take "urgent action" to stop global temperatures from rising further.

President Trump has made clear that he doesn't believe climate change is real. In November, he dismissed a report that showed global warming was intensifying and said he doesn't see it as a threat. He has also claimed climate change is a "hoax."