Warren, Sanders want climate change considered in selection of homeland security adviser

Warren, Sanders want climate change considered in selection of homeland security adviser
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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMoveOn leaders stepping down before 2020 election Julián Castro calls for ‘tuition-free’ public colleges, apprenticeships Native American leader asks when US will come to its ‘senses’ after Trump’s ‘racist’ attack against Warren MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) are calling on the Trump administration to consider the effects of climate change when selecting President TrumpDonald John TrumpOn The Money: Pelosi threatens State of the Union address over shutdown | Trump admin, GOP cry foul | Waters lays out financial services agenda | Senate protects Trump sanctions rollback Pelosi pulls State of the Union surprise on Trump IRS waiving penalty for some in first filing season under Trump's tax law MORE's next homeland security adviser.

In a letter to Trump, the two senators urge the president to select an individual who "takes seriously" severe weather patterns and storms caused by a changing climate.

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"The Homeland Security Advisor regularly attends meetings of the National Security Council and is responsible for overseeing the Administration's response to natural disasters, including hurricanes," reads a statement from Warren's office.

"[Tom] Bossert, who served as Homeland Security Advisor since January 2017 until his resignation last month, had refused to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that human-induced climate change contributes to severe weather events."

Bossert resigned in April, after John Bolton joined the White House as national security adviser and sought to shake up the team. A replacement for the homeland security adviser has not yet been announced.

"Without a dedicated federal effort to reduce the quantity of greenhouse gasses that human activity releases into the atmosphere, climate change will continue to worsen and cause increasingly severe weather events, including hurricanes," the two senators wrote in the letter. "Climate change is having and will have a tangible and harmful impact on our national security and disaster readiness."

The Trump administration has moved to strip fighting climate change from government websites and policies. The president announced last year that the U.S. would exit the Paris climate accord, a global agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.