Trump Didn’t Mention Climate Change in His RNC Speech

Jul 24, 2016

By Ben Adler

Donald Trump’s big speech at the Republican convention on Thursday didn’t contain a single reference to the environment or climate change. It was vague on policy overall, focusing heavily on the primary themes of this year’s Republican National Convention: bashing Hillary Clinton’s character and fearmongering over crime and national security, with a heavy dose of Islamophobia and xenophobia.

There was, however, one section that dealt hazily with energy policy. Unfortunately, it was filled with falsehoods. Let’s go through the four key assertions one at a time:

“Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it.”

The apparent source for this figure is the National Association of Manufacturers, a conservative business lobbying organization that is fiercely opposed to regulations. The group’s $2 trillion estimate calculates only the cost of regulatory compliance and not the cost savings that result from government rules. So the fact that environmental and workplace safety regulations prevent health care expenses and missed work days, for example, is simply ignored in this calculation. When you do account for the benefits of regulations, they often end up saving far more money than they cost. Experts debunked NAM’s report; the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service cited the Office of Management and Budget in calling the kind of methodology used “inherently flawed.” No unbiased, empirical cost-benefit analysis would come up with anything close to the number Trump cites.

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43 comments on “Trump Didn’t Mention Climate Change in His RNC Speech

  • @OP – Congressional Research Service cited the Office of Management and Budget in calling the kind of methodology used “inherently flawed.” No unbiased, empirical cost-benefit analysis would come up with anything close to the number Trump cites.

    Ah! The brexeteers must have been using trumponomics when they made their silly fanciful claims about diverting EU contributions to the NHS!!
    No wonder Trump praised them!!

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  • I woke up this morning in a state of near panic, after reading this article by Michael Moore. Then I read this article in the Patheos (#2), which was ill-conceived, stupid. The author, with his worthless blog, is obsessed with atheism; Hillary is not obliged to make any controversial and superfluous statements about supporting atheism right now. That’s the the least of our problems. We are on the brink of something too horrible to even contemplate; and the Sanders supporters are still protesting like enraged sheep; even Sanders’ campaign manager said that the election was won fairly. The DNC, it appears were biased; but no votes were lost to Sanders. It’s all BS. Some people are just stupid and Sanders for them and Atheism for others is like religion: a fixation, something all-engrossing, all-encompassing and wonderful. The sheep will still be carrying Bernie signs and the phony atheist bloggers who sell, who commodify, atheism, will be reduced to silence as the nightmare ensues.

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  • @ Alan

    Trump is ahead in the polls right now. Clinton and Kaine have a fairly progressive platform. Sanders’ supporters are not going to vote for Clinton, and that is a vote for Trump, deregulation, and a multitude of horrors.
    It’s swarm behavior.

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  • quarecuss #4
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

    the image from this story says it all.

    For these pro-Trump protest voters, –

    The saying – “Jumping out of the frying-pan and into the fire”, comes to mind!!

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  • @dan

    Two weeks ago HRC was up by nearly 9 points in some polls. Trump got a typical bump in the wake of the RNC. But take some measure of solace in this (and yes, I am convincing myself as well), HRC will get a bump after this weeks convention. Then it will be close to “even” again. But much like the 2000 election (where Gore won the popular vote), the difference will be in electoral votes, thank goodness. HRC by and large owns the most electoral rich states. Many states will still be embarrassingly close. Just contrast the roster of speakers from last week to this. Drumpf rolled out: Scott Baio (?!), Antonio Sabato Jr (ditto), his wife, Michelle Oba…er, Melania Trump. His ENTIRE family. And a B list of politicians desperate to stay relevant in the unlikely event of a Drumpf presidency.

    HRC will have a who’s who list of relevant politicians beginning today with her former opponent who, unlike Ted Cruz with Drumpf, has already endorsed her. And Michael Bloomberg will be there as a fellow uber capitalist (like Drumpf, only 10 times richer) to talk some sense into people who think they want to vote for him because of his nonexistent business acumen. And I simply cannot wait for the debates.

    Imagine you’re having a surgical procedure performed and your choice is between the silver spoon CEO of the hospital or a skilled, polished surgeon. I still cannot wrap my head around people who want someone with zero political experience – zero! – versus a skilled, respected politician. I will follow with something I read recently that sums all of this up rather nicely.

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  • I read this earlier today:


    Unlike any major candidate in generations, Donald Trump is temperamentally, emotionally, and intellectually unfit to be President of the United States. He would be an embarrassment and, more importantly, present far too high a risk of precipitating an economic, social, or military catastrophe.
    If you disagree with that assessment, this post is not for you. It won’t persuade you of anything.

    Though I reserve the right to try to persuade you at some point before the election (and I hope you feel the same about me).

    But assuming you agree with the lunacy of a President Trump, you are left with 4 options:
    1. Vote for Hillary Clinton
    2. Vote for Gary Johnson – Libertarian party
    3. Vote for Jill Stein – Green party
    4. Not vote
    Even among those who would never vote for Trump, I’m increasingly hearing things like:
    I hate Trump, but Hillary is just as bad.
    We have two terrible options this time.
    One is a liar and one is an idiot, so I’m voting for a third party.

    I cannot state it emphatically enough: Whatever you think of Hillary Clinton, under no reasonable assessment is she “just as bad” as Donald Trump.

    The demonizing of Clinton reached a peak this week with the Republican convention acting as round-the-clock infomercial promoting the Lucifer-like qualities of Hillary. If a stupendous claim is made enough times, many will believe it–the truth is pliable. Clinton is far from a saint, but the truth about her record bears little resemblance to what Trump allies scream.

    Hillary Clinton served as First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State. She received impressive plaudits for her policy acumen, preparation, and willingness to collaborate. Just take the word of many Republicans:

     “I know Hillary, and I think she’d make a great President.” – Donald Trump, 2008
     “Clinton is an intelligent, hard-working professional….the best single choice that President Obama has made [as Secretary of State].” – Newt Gingrich, 2009
     “I think she’s done a fine job [as Secretary of State]. The problem isn’t Hillary Clinton, who’s great.” – Condoleeza Rice, 2013
     “Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy.” – Jeb Bush, 2013
     “She’s a policy genius.” – Mike Huckabee, 2014
     “I know her. I like her. I’ve worked with her.” – John Kasich, 2015
     “She’d make a tremendous President. […] She was extraordinarily resolute, determined and controlled in the wake of the [Benghazi] attack.” – General David Petraeus, 2014

    Hillary’s political opponents believe that she is highly capable—except when they are trying to beat her in an election. Then she is evil.

    There is no reason to apologize for supporting Hillary or hedge your bets by saying that both candidates are equally terrible. But, I understand that you may have deep philosophical differences with Clinton and are considering voting for a third party. Please think very hard before actually doing that.

    I support third parties and have voted for a few. But this is not the election to cast a presidential vote that way.

    The latest polls have the race as a dead heat, with anywhere from 10-20% of voters undecided or thinking about a third party vote.
    A swing of even 1 – 2% of third party voters to Trump or Clinton may decide the election.
    Clinton’s share of the vote almost always drops in polls where third parties are included–third party candidates are hurting her more than Trump.
    Gary Johnson will not be elected President. Jill Stein will not be elected President.
    The genuine growth of a third party will be based on actually winning elections at the lower levels and building a base of support locally. Random performance in presidential elections is not the crux of the effort.
    Very marginally indicating support for a third party candidate’s agenda is far less important than adding your weight to prevent President Trump. This year is not normal.

    The most important outcome in this presidential election is that Donald Trump not become the Most Powerful Person on the Planet. I am not a fatalist. I will not move to Canada if Trump wins. But if this Republican National Convention has taught me anything, it is that I’d forever regret not doing everything in my power to prevent the party of Abraham Lincoln from being smothered into oblivion by a Donald Trump presidency.

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  • I woke up this morning in a state of near panic, after reading this
    article by Michael Moore.

    Hi Dan

    If I may suggest, Michael Moore is an indulgence. Like chocolate. Or bacon. A little bit (with a grain of salt) is OK, but too much will make you sick. I think of him as Fox News for liberals.

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  • quarecuss #4
    Jul 25, 2016 at 11:11 am
    the image from this story says it all.

    Steven , your right, Gary Johnson is a libertarian (savage) and Stein has no chance. Hillary is the best we have and Kaine, her running mate, is a class act. Vicki, give me an example of one lie that Moore has told. Perhaps he is an alarmist. That may be.

    That image does nor say it all, quarcuss, and your slanted article – I got the gist of it – is effectively pro Trump bias. The Trump supporters are vile, uneducated brutes. And some are just gullible. That’s exactly what that monster wants them to think: he alone is for the workers. But he sees openings, that is all. Yes, people are angry and facing difficulties, but Trump is an opportunist, not an advocate for working families. He has no core. (Read the Slate article from OP.)

    “Midwest Math, or Welcome to Our Rust Belt Brexit. I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. […]How can the race be this close after everything Trump has said and done? Well maybe it’s because he’s said (correctly) that the Clintons’ support of NAFTA helped to destroy the industrial states of the Upper Midwest. Trump is going to hammer Clinton on this and her support of TPP and other trade policies that have royally screwed the people of these four states. When Trump stood in the shadow of a Ford Motor factory during the Michigan primary, he threatened the corporation that if they did indeed go ahead with their planned closure of that factory and move it to Mexico, he would slap a 35% tariff on any Mexican-built cars shipped back to the United States. It was sweet, sweet music to the ears of the working class of Michigan…

    “From Green Bay to Pittsburgh, this, my friends, is the middle of England – broken, depressed, struggling, the smokestacks strewn across the countryside with the carcass of what we use to call the Middle Class. Angry, embittered working (and nonworking) people who were lied to by the trickle-down of Reagan and abandoned by Democrats who still try to talk a good line but are really just looking forward to rub one out with a lobbyist from Goldman Sachs who’ll write them nice big check before leaving the room. What happened in the UK with Brexit is going to happen here. Elmer Gantry shows up looking like Boris Johnson and just says whatever shit he can make up to convince the masses that this is their chance! To stick to ALL of them, all who wrecked their American Dream! And now The Outsider, Donald Trump, has arrived to clean house! You don’t have to agree with him! You don’t even have to like him! He is your personal Molotov cocktail to throw right into the center of the bastards who did this to you! SEND A MESSAGE! TRUMP IS YOUR MESSENGER!” —Michael Moore.

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  • Drumpf doesn’t need to address climate change. His campaign style is not one that offers solutions but consist mostly of posturing and attack. American people obvious like a testosterone filled lunatic that spouts off his mouth like a inner city street thug.

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  • Regulations cost businesses. Trump is running as a Republican which means we can assume that for him costing business is the same as costing the country. It’s a bit odd then to claim his figure is way off the mark because it doesn’t take into account costs that either aren’t, or they don’t want shared by business in the US.

    ‘Economic Reality’ contradicts a claim. I’ve heard it all now. The economic reality for many Americans is they’re facing tough times as energy jobs disappear.

    Coal miners are going to be put to work in wind and solar energy. Who’s blowing smoke up peoples asses now?

    Privatize the roads, your free driving is only hurting the environment anyway.


    It’s a good thing he didn’t mention global warming because only by denying our role in it could he appeal to the biggest part of his base. The less denial the better, surely?

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  • Absolutely right, Kim.

    Steven, you are the voice of reason. I don’t know if you’ve been following this, but I suggested to LaurieB that she run in 2020. This is generating a lot of interest on the site. 😉 You can be her VP. Think about it.

    I am watching the convention. These f-ing Sanders supporters are playing right into the hands of Trump. They’re loving it on Fox News. Divide and conquer.

    Sanders tweeted all of his supporters, asked them to stop protesting.

    I think Debbie Wasserman Schultz is cute.

    Sean, your post above is subtle. what are you saying? Are you for or against regulations? (Coal is extremely harmful to the environment.) Are you defending trump? There will eventually be no people and no need for a strong economy without regulations. (Sorry. I read your post several times and couldn’t decide where you were coming from.)

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  • Sean and #Dan

    Sure regulations are a burden on businesses. I will give you that.

    Left alone, what would businesses do ?
    Behave decently . Pay workers faírly. Not polute. Pay fair share of taxes. Support local communities.
    Please… Capitalism is a fantastic system, but we need boundaries. And we need control of those boundaries or capitalism will chew everything up, and spit out the bits.

    Regulations are a burden. It has to be. Regulations must be tough in order to catch the slippery corps, which will do anything to skip out and get ahead. Regulations are ‘ticket to play’.

    I say regulations are helping the society by weeding out the businesses that would otherwise be a pestilence for society. Bad businesses will make a mess, take off with the money, and leave a wake for society to clean up. Good businesses will comply and cooperate with authorities.

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  • Two possibilities exist and one certainty.

    Certainly Sanders is a consumate and admirable politician. He has heart…true compassion…and will do many of the unsavoury things all real politicians have to do to make things Better. He is like Jed Bartlett with a bit more steel. But, he will settle this time for a bit better and go for a bit better again next time. And

    Possibly his groupist groupies are those politically crass animals, too stupid, cut-off-their-own-nose-to-spite-their-face dunces, otherwise known as Idealists with no concept of a political journey, nor any wish or patience to understand how real political change unfolds… slowly, or

    they are terrorists, prepared to unleash huge damage on an undeserving generation in the hope of teaching the stupid amongst them a lesson…

    Selfishly stupid or terrifyingly stupid, we may never know for sure. If they swing it, the outcome will be the same… terrifying.

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  • Phil 18

    This is for you, a very impassioned post. I like it. (I know you have great passion; but you do not always express it, as you have a disciplined mind. But a little overt passion has its place.

    Recently I admitted that I am (psychologically) “conservative.” And now you’re starting to show some real, overt emotion.

    Perhaps we’ve both grown, and influenced each other a bit, since we first met on this wonderful website.

    Thomas: Yep. We need a watchdog. Big government, my arse. Regulation will prevent corporate tyranny and an environmental catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. I think the preservation of the environment is good business in the long term, don’t you think? Phil? No people, no profit. (And no, this is not “doom and gloom.” We are vulnerable as a species, as are all species.)

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  • P.S.

    “Perhaps we’ve both grown, and influenced each other a bit, since we first met on this wonderful website.”

    I hope that doesn’t sound maudlin. (Correction: second sentence. Forgot to close parentheses.)

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  • @dan #12

    That image does nor say it all, quarcuss, and your slanted article – I
    got the gist of it – is effectively pro Trump bias.

    then you have totally missed the gist of the article and the photo
    the photo shows “bikers for trump” thugs beside their monster truck
    the article is about the writer and a priest walking hundreds of miles
    to the convention and being “surprised” by trump supporters
    the writer expects you to be alarmed
    you can’t have read it

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  • quarecuss:

    I did get it. The image shows the type of person that he “expected” to encounter, but the pro-Trump (my opinion) author was “surprised”; he encountered people who simply want a better future, good, ordinary folks who want someone who’ll fight for working families that have been hit hard, etc., etc.


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  • Two observations from the above posts:

    Bad businesses will make a mess, take off with the money, and leave a wake for society to clean up

    Isn’t that how The Donald got rich despite (or because of) multiple bankruptcies in his career? Or is that just anti-Trump propaganda, he’s never actually gone bankrupt? (Maybe some businesses he used to own did, but that’s hardly his fault….).

    Donald Trump, has arrived to clean house! You don’t have to agree with him! You don’t even have to like him! He is your personal Molotov cocktail to throw right into the center of the bastards who did this to you

    As with the Berxit vote, this is the most compelling reason to think DT can win, as a great big F**K YOU to the entire political establishment, the two US parties that have long since detached themselves from the real concerns of the population whose votes they solicit.

    And a possible silver lining: reports that the VP recruitment was looking for a “hands on” kind of guy who could do all the actual work while the Pres makes GWB look like a workaholic, enjoying the perks and avoiding everything else, just putting his shoes on the White House furniture and basking in the glory. So he might assemble a semi-competent team and let them do all the hard stuff, not really giving a damn about anything other than getting a 2nd term.

    On the other hand, GWB didn’t exactly inspire confidence that a dumb president would do little harm, though to be fair, none of his worst moves seemed to have been his own idea, he needed his puppeteers at all times.

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  • Bonnie2

    It’s possible that I misinterpreted the article that you just posted, but I don’t thinks so.

    This journalist is playing on your emotions, Bonnie, is trying to say, in his folksy, artsy, grungy, manipulative, pseudo-objective way, that Trump supporters have been misrepresented by the media, and that they aren’t bad people (which means nothing). He’s a Trump sympathizer. Don’t kid yourself. It’s propaganda. Trump is not for the working man (and there is no evidence that he is): he is out for himself and to exploit and pollute. He doesn’t believe in climate change, you know, led the “birther” movement, created a scam “university”, was a slumlord, is a demagogue and a liar, a free market capitalist, a thin-skinned bully unfit to be president, and an a narcissistic asshole, a big fat nothing. And this guy in the article is probably a “libertarian” trying to mislead you with his slice of good old Americana and by posing as a Kerouac type. He’s turning everything inside out. It’s just like an article someone else posted above: pure bullshit.

    Article begins:

    “I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen…” –Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

    Give me a break. Or vote for Trump. Free country – for now.

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  • I was right. Drew Philip appears to be an outright Libertarian. I knew it. He’s a far-right wing propagandist/pamphleteer.

    Drew Philp ‏@drewphilp Jul 9
    Just talked to the second person who voted for Obama and will now vote for Trump in November. People are voting for change again this year.

    Drew Philp ‏@drewphilp Jun 26
    Been living in an anarchist collective in Maine and tomorrow I go to […]

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  • quarecuss and bonnie-as-well,

    Thanks for introducing the guy. Nice straight observational, yet telling writing. For me it endorses the nature of the solutions that are needed. Ordinary folk aren’t the psychopaths. They are decent but when stressed by societal unfairness will scapegout and clutch at straws.

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  • …when stressed by societal unfairness…

    They’re (we’re) frustrated and scared as hell. The key, of course, is to make the effort to understand the causes involved and unfortunately, those who are hitching their wagon to Trump think they’ve found the answers when they don’t even know what the right questions are.

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  • I may not have read it with a clear head, although I am suspicious of that degree of “objectivity.” I don’t know what he’s saying. Hitler’s supporters were ordinary good folk too.

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  • Ordinary folks are not so innocent, Phil. They are filled with rage and hate and prejudice. Don’t give me that phony optimism and don’t scapegoat the leaders. They work hand in hand.

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  • Dan

    Ordinary folks are not so innocent, Phil. They are filled with rage and hate and prejudice.

    Presented with a tough problem the good scientist before anything else takes a step back to see the issue in a greater context.

    Why are they filled with rage and hate and prejudice? No, its not those throbbing amygdalas. (Well it may well be from the evidence, but that is just mechanism because there has to be mechanism.) Why do they throb so?

    The German people turned evil overnight??

    More to the point, these are people you have to win around from their exploitable state, once Clinton is in place. You must. You must solve the problem over the coming years.

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  • Phil,

    My earlier comments on this thread (27, 28, 31, 32) were written in a state of acute anxiety.

    My apologies.

    (I am more relaxed now.)

    I think the election is really scaring scaring me.

    I am really suffering.

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  • @dan

    Justifiable anxiety, I reckon. The parallels with dysfunctional Weimar Germany are distressingly ever increasingly obvious to me. All this democracy stuff is far too hard, oh for a strong minded leader to tell us what we need to do.

    On the other hand, Hitler had a plan, and he laid it all out in advance, no surprises really, he did what he said he would. The Donald, on the other hand, does not appear to have a plan, other than one to get even more rich out of failing to become president. Like the Brexiteers, he doesn’t really expect to win, and hasn’t a clue what he’d do if he did.

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  • @OHooligan

    Thanks, OHooligan. There are some parallels, and differences, between us and the late Weimar Republic.
    I need to brush up on my history rather than succumbing to near-hysteria and emotionalism. Hitler surrounded himself with thugs and criminals.
    As a friend of mine said, millions of people are worried.
    I reacted to, rather than read, Bonnie’s (and quarecuss’s) four part article – and humiliated myself.

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  • Phil (Cont from Ham thread):

    Reuter’s has them even? Well this one has her ahead. How can we trust these polls? The ones that like Trump will put him ahead to influence voters, won’t they? Are they all trustworthy?

    From August 7:

    Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 8 percentage points — doubling her lead from a month ago in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

    Clinton leads Trump, 50% to 42%, in a head-to-head race, the survey of registered voters found. With Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein added to the race, Clinton maintains her 8-point lead, 45% to Trump’s 37%, Johnson’s 8% and Stein’s 4%.

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