aside Reflections Of The President’s Views On Climate Change

(Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

The source for the republican President Donald Trump’s views on climate change dates back to a 11/2012 CBS report source but it has become obvious that his thinking regarding climate change hasn’t budged over the years which is set back in the “stone age.” During the presidential debates, he attempted to distance himself from his 2012 quotes but his recent actions to rollback US progress proactively dealing with climate change, reflects his thinking dating back to 2012.

I for one get that the price for the race to the bottom may save monies and make some companies more profitable, but it is not a good value. I am certain that it is less expensive across the board to live in a third world country/ state, but I would rather not. I simply want good value for my tax dollars and this is not it.

That there was some wavering on his thinking about climate change problems over the years, as detailed below, has me speculating, if his stance on this issue is one which benefits him, financially?

 Here are his quotes:

1.) “On November 6, 2012, Donald Trump tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

2.) On October 19, 2015, he then tweeted: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”

CREDIT: Jim Young/Reuters

A 9/28/16 Snopes report by David Emery has tracked the president’s evolving or devolving views on climate change.

Excerpts:

“Donald Trump’s stated views on global warming have changed over the past seven years or so (we’ll leave it to pundits to judge whether they’ve “evolved” or “devolved” in that time), as exemplified, on the one hand, by his endorsement of a 2009 letter urging the U.S. government to invest in a “clean energy economy” and pass legislation addressing the “immediate challenge” of climate change, and, on the other, by his November 2012 tweet stating that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” (Contrary to rumor, Trump did not attempt to delete that tweet years after the fact.)”

“Trump’s current position, as clarified by his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, in a 27 September 2016 interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, is that climate change exists but is “naturally occurring.”

CAMEROTA: He believes in climate change?

CONWAY: That there are shifts naturally occurring.

CAMEROTA: He doesn’t believe it’s man-made?

CONWAY: Correct.

CAMEROTA: So he believes that the idea that it’s man-made is a hoax?

CONWAY: No, I didn’t say that.

CAMEROTA: I mean, he said it. I’m repeating his tweet. So he believes that that part is a hoax.

CONWAY: He believes that climate change is naturally occurring.

“While Conway pointedly evaded questions about Trump’s previously claiming that global warming is a hoax, the candidate himself adamantly denied having made such claims during his first debate against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016:”

CLINTON: “They’ve looked at my plans and they’ve said, OK, if we can do this, and I intend to get it done, we will have 10 million more new jobs, because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean-energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”

TRUMP: “I did not. I did not. I do not say that.”

CLINTON: “I think science is real.”

TRUMP: “I do not say that.”

“But (President) Trump has, in fact, said just that. Here, from the public record, in his own words, are instances of Donald Trump calling global warming a hoax (and more colorful things):”

7 comments

  1. Dear Keith,

    i don’t like most of his domestic policies. He just takes us backwards in time when we should be leaning in towards the future. We could be trailblazers.

    There does have to be reforms made to insure all Americans are participants/ beneficiaries of this country’s progress. This does not mean that we have to revert back to the dark ages.

    Ciao, Gronda

  2. The real issue is not whether climate change is real or not, do we really have viable options to transition away from fossil fuels? Can we just stop driving our gas cars tomorrow, flying planes, heating our homes, generating electricity… the real problem is we do not have a viable alternative to transition into right now.

    Oil is the geo-political, economic power play for world control. Even if free energy were available tomorrow, would world gov’ts actually allow it? The US dollar as the world’s reserve currency is predicated upon the petrodollar, not gold. No more petrol, no more dollar!

    This is the real reason I don’t see oil going away anytime soon, climate change is irrelevant if no person, business or gov’t is willing to give up using oil.

    I’m fortunate to live in a city where many bicycle or walk, but what about most of the country where public transportation or walkability is not an option? Point being, this is not a black and white issue, there are many conflicting vested interests at play. And humanity is too immature to do the right thing.

    • Dear IEarthUnited,

      The reason that I am so puzzled about DDT’S actions is that energy companies are the ones leaving coal / fossil fuel in the dust. Even the former TX governor who is no climate change fan was strong on resorting to renewable energy resources usage in his state. Renewables are beating fossil fuel usage by a ratio of 2 to 1.

      In short, the horse has already left the barn and DDT and his team should be fully aware of this..

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Good grief!!! Is it possible for anybody to be any more ignorant than this ‘man’? This, perhaps more than any of his other bumbling idiocies, concerns me, because he is playing a costly game, a game where the stakes are the continuation of life on this planet.

    Hugs!!!

    • Jill, I have a feeling DDT doesn’t believe in half the things he says, but pays heavy lip service to his supporters by enacting these outlandish policies. Needless to say, his directives lead nowhere ie immigration, healthcare, travelban, trade wars, mexican wall, draining the swamp etc. His anti-climate rhetoric is more of the same bs. Like Gronda said, the energy companies themselves are transitioning away from coal and oil, seeking cleaner, more efficient renewables b/c that’s better for the environment and the bottom line.

      Trump is simply following thru on his campaign promise, but no one takes him seriously anymore, he’s already a lame duck prez.

    • Dear Jill,

      I do believe he is doing real harm by his directives regarding climate change. You are so right that the stakes are so high. This is our national security that is being compromised.

      Hugs, Gronda

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