by Danielle Kowalski
Mike Pompeo, previous C.I.A. director is now taking the position as secretary of state. Previous Rex Tillerson was known to be one of the last presidential advisers whose views on global warming “are in line with the rest of the world”. Some of Mr. Pompeo’s statements and beliefs that frighten a portion of society state that the notion of climate change as a top national security threat is absolutely unbelievable. Pompeo has questioned the scientific consensus of human activity affecting the climate and believes the Paris Agreement is a costly burden to America. Being one of the top recipients of oil money in the House of Representatives, it is clear that the environment is not going to be at the top of his priority list while taking his new position as secretary of state. Mr. Tillerson, previous secretary of state urged President Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate control agreement. His departure follows the resignation of the president’s top economic advisor and senior adviser to the president on international energy issues who also both argued to keep the United States in the Paris agreement. With all three departures, the forces on climate change within the administration have depleted greatly.