Our President’s views on climate change, which I believe reflect a significant portion of American society, will doom the planet. But I do not view this as a completely partisan issue, as the previous president, despite lip service, did little to address our dire predicament either. Perhaps the President’s admission that climate change is not a hoax could be worth a lot when discussing the issue with the general public. That might be outweighed, however, by his statement that he “doesn’t know if it’s manmade” and implying that the climate will “change back again.”
Via Huffington Post (From Trump’s 60 Minutes Interview with Leslie Stahl): Stahl specifically asked the president if he still believed climate change was a hoax (he said no), but Trump refused to agree with a majority of scientists who say humans are directly causing the phenomenon.
“I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s manmade. I will say this. I don’t wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don’t wanna be put at a disadvantage.”
The president’s comments come on the heels of the devastating Hurricane Michael and a new report from the United Nations’ climate change body that predicted dire consequences unless the planet dramatically scaled back greenhouse emissions.
Trump, firing back at Stahl’s question if he had listened to his own climate researchers, said that scientists were politically motivated.
“You’d have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda,” he said.