Trump Says Not Prepared to Lose Trillions Responding to Climate Change

Trump Says Not Prepared to Lose Trillions Responding to Climate Change

In an interview on 60 Minutes last night, President Donald Trump backpedaled on his stance that climate change is a hoax, but he didn't go so far as to acknowledge the reality of climate change and its potentially disastrous effects on the planet.

In an interview, Trump accused scientists of having a "very big political agenda" and asserted that he does not want to put the USA, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, at a disadvantage in responding to climate change.

These comments mark one step forward, and several steps back for Trump's (unsubstantiated) opinions on climate change.

"She really believes in global warming and that's fine, and man's role in climate change and that's okay", Kilmeade said.

The president also expressed doubt over scientists' findings linking the changing climate to more powerful hurricanes.

Trump will on Monday visit areas of Georgia and Florida damaged by Hurricane Michael. "The report makes clear that even a half-degree increase in warming makes a huge difference - damaging our economy and our future", Keith Gaby, senior communications director at the Environmental Defense Fund, told IFLScience, adding: "We think it is possible to limit warming if we act boldly and quickly".

"It was given to me and I want to look at who drew it", Trump told reporters. But I do not know that it is man-made.

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Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the White House for its "dangerous" rejection of climate science and slammed Trump for working hand-in-hand with Big Oil to make "a bad situation worse".

Mr. Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 when he sent a tweet stating, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

"Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities", NASA's website says. You know, we're talkin' about over millions of years.

And while he reiterated his change in stance on the legitimacy of climate change, Trump seemed to imply that the climate would fix itself.

Citing concerns about the pact's economic impact, Mr Trump said in 2017 that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate accord.

"There is something there, man-made or not", the president said, before deflecting to note that there have been previous storms that were much more intense and destructive than the recent slew of hurricanes to hit the Southeast. The agreement set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels.

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