The White House blocked the written testimony of an intelligence analyst about climate change, saying it was alarming and not & # 39; jiggled & # 39; with the position of the Trump government, according to a new report.
Analyst Rod Schoonover, who works at the geographer's office and global issues, raised objections from officials at the White House's Legislative Affairs Office, Administration and Budget Office, and the National Security Council, according to Washington Post.
Schoonover gave oral testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but sources have stated that his written testimony to the committee that man-made climate change may be catastrophic & # 39; is blocked.
The draft testimony from the State Department's Intelligence and Investigation Office drew a litany of critical notes from the National Security Council.
State Department Office of Intelligence and Research Office of Geography and Global Affairs Senior analyst Dr. Rod Schoonover speaks for a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday. The White House reportedly objected to and blocked his written testimony
& # 39; This is not an objective testimony at all & # 39 ;, read one comment, according to a person familiar with the document.
& # 39; It contains many climate alert propaganda that is not science at all. I am ashamed to let this go on behalf of the executive branch of the federal government. & # 39;
In another note, William Happer, senior director of the National Security Council, protested the phrase & tipping point & # 39 ;, said the individual.
& # 39; Tipping points & # 39; is a propaganda slogan for the scientifically illiterate, & Happer wrote. & # 39; They were a favorite of Al Gore & # 39; s science advisor, James Hansen. & # 39;
Despite the fact that she did not make the written statement, Schoonover personally testified during the hearing.
& # 39; Climate change effects could undermine important international systems on which the US is critically dependent, such as trade routes, food and energy supplies, the global economy and domestic stability abroad, & Schoonover told members of the House Intelligence Committee.
"Most countries, if not all, are already unable to fully respond to the risks of climate-related hazards under current conditions," he said.
A map of the Arctic Ocean is displayed as, from the left, Schoonover, the office of the director of National Intelligence National Security Council Counselor Peter Kiemel, and Senior Naval Intelligence Manager for Russia and Eurasia Jeff Ringhausen, appearing before a House Intelligence hearing Committee on national security implications of climate change
At the hearing, military and intelligence officials outlined a series of long-term threats caused by climate change, including food and water shortages that could cause political turmoil and land disputes, as well as melting ice in the Arctic that Russia and other opponents could exploit. for commercial gain.
The reviews revealed the detachment between senior officials who regard climate change as a long-term global threat and the views of President Donald Trump, who repeatedly broke that message and even disparaged the opinion of his own government.
& # 39; I believe there is a change in the weather, and I think it is changing in both directions & # 39 ;, Trump said in an interview on & # 39; Good Morning Britain & # 39; which was broadcast on Wednesday.
& # 39; Remember that it used to be called the greenhouse effect. That didn't work. Then it was called climate change. Now it is actually called extreme weather, because you can't miss in extreme weather. & # 39;
Peter Kiemel, adviser to the National Intelligence Council at the headquarters of the director of National Intelligence, pointed to the gradual thawing of the Arctic as a concern.
He said the melting of sea ice could create more opportunities for mining, fishing and shipping for Russia by making the path between Asia and North America more navigable.
& # 39; As a result, the Arctic is developing as a new domain of strategic competition & # 39 ;, said Germin. & # 39; Russia, China and others are dramatically increasing their activities and investments in the region. & # 39;
State Secretary Mike Pompeo made a similar point in a speech in Finland last month, but threw the warming sea as an economic opportunity for the West.
& # 39; Silent reductions in sea ice open up new shipping routes and new trade opportunities, which may reduce the time it takes for ships to travel between Asia and the West for 20 days, & # 39; said Pompeo.
Jeff Ringhausen, senior marine intelligence manager for Russia and Eurasia at the Office of Naval Intelligence, was more cautious in his assessment on Wednesday, but still posed a potential threat to US allies who were shaped by a changing Arctic environment.
He said that Russia was working on modernizing the infrastructure on the north coast and on some of the Arctic islands, with the aim of presenting itself as an economic force. Although Moscow believes there is considerable economic potential in the Arctic, American officials do not have that much faith, Ringhausen said.
& # 39; Naval intelligence estimates that this economic potential exists, but that the Russian government seems too optimistic about its development in the short and medium term & # 39 ;, he said.
He said that while polar shipping is likely to increase as a result of thawing, the region is likely to represent only a small proportion of total global shipping.
The more direct threat is to American allies in the Arctic rather than to the US itself, he said.
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