President Donald Trump has taken a hardline approach to climate change, but that approach could make the country less secure as the world struggles to address the threat, according to a report by an international climate-change think tank.
The Washington Post reported that the Trump White House has no plans to roll back the federal government’s landmark Clean Power Plan, the landmark regulation that requires power plants to cut emissions.
Instead, the White House is moving to relax regulations to help states develop and expand wind and solar energy, while simultaneously pushing for more aggressive action to combat climate change.
It’s a change that could threaten Trump’s signature environmental policy, which is one of the strongest economic drivers in the country.
Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, which was struck in 2016 and is backed by more than 80 nations.
While Trump has made it clear he wants to move ahead with the Paris accord, the United Nations has made clear it will not honor the accord, a step that would force Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the deal.
Environmentalists have said the U:s withdrawal could have serious consequences for the planet, which already has suffered from the effects of climate change as well as rising seas, droughts and other disasters.
According to the report, the Trump Administration is moving away from the policies of the past, with the goal of “reinforcing a climate-free economy, preserving the clean air, protecting the oceans, and restoring the health of our nation’s water supply.”
It also noted that the president is pushing to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, but has not indicated which steps he wants the U.:s national-security apparatus to take to do so.