In an interview on Fox News on Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump said that “nobody really knows” if climate change is real, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
“It’s not something that’s hard and fast… I do know this: other countries are eating our lunch.”
Trump said that he is studying the Paris agreement, a coalition effort by just about 200 countries with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
However, Mr. Trump continued to reference the competitiveness of the United States in global markets, rather than the issue of climate change itself. The President-elect demonstrated that he’s far more concerned with failing to impede business as it’s usually conducted, rather than save the planet on which we live.
“I don’t want that agreement to put us at a competitive disadvantage with other countries.”
Earlier this week, Trump met with actor Leonardo DiCaprio to discuss global warming. However, he also named Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General and defender of the fossil fuel industry, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Donald Trump has a long and complicated history with global warming. While he may be giving the American public mixed signals about his position today, back in 2012, he tweeted, that climate change “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
The American public should make no mistake — Mr. Trump is solely interested in protecting the profits of businesses.
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