What Does Trump Think About Climate Change? He Doesn’t Know Either

Nov 26, 2016

By Robinson Meyer

What does the president-elect think about climate change?

Who even knows anymore?

Speaking at the offices of The New York Times on Tuesday, Donald J. Trump appeared to vacillate on, and sometimes even disagree with, previous statements about climate change made by Donald J. Trump. He even seemed ready to grant that climate change exists.

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5 comments on “What Does Trump Think About Climate Change? He Doesn’t Know Either

  • @OP – What does the president-elect think about climate change?

    Who even knows anymore?

    What is clear, is that Trump thinks there are votes to had from man-made climate-change deniers, and sponsorship money to had from carbon polluters!

    As far as any attempt to actually understand the associated issues for the planet go, he does not seem to know or care!

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  • I suspect that when Obama called Trump “pragmatic” a couple of weeks ago in his typically thoughtful and measured way what he really meant was that Trump is too dumb to have any far reaching ideas of his own and just does what his gut says or what the latest thing one of his advisors has just suggested.

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  • @OP – What does the president-elect think about climate change?

    Who even knows anymore?

    I think the vague threats are firming up and materialising – as educated opinion suspected!


    Proposals by the Trump administration to roll back US environmental regulations are likely to foment opposition, say analysts.

    The President-elect is likely to push forward plans for fracking and drilling for oil and gas on federal lands.

    Campaigners say that this is likely to be opposed in the courts, in Congress and lead to protests.

    President Obama is trying to limit the impact of the next administration by extending existing protections.

    While much attention since Mr Trump’s election has focused on the President-elect’s threats to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, there is growing concern among green groups about the impact of other aspects of the Trump environmental plan.

    One key element is the expansion of oil and gas production on publicly owned lands. At present there is a moratorium on energy recovery in federal areas, and the Trump team has promised to lift this, and encourage fracking and drilling.

    President-elect Trump has also been vocal in his support for projects such as the XL oil pipeline, which President Obama rejected.

    Attempts to open up public lands for oil and gas, and to push through pipelines will likely attract significant public resistance, say observers.

    As well as opening up public lands for oil and gas, the incoming administration is likely to try and overturn existing environmental regulations.

    In an interview in 2015 Donald Trump labelled the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “a disgrace” and promised to cut the department if elected.

    He has appointed Myron Ebell, well known for his opposition to the scientific consensus on climate change, to head the EPA transition team.

    It’s likely that many of the actions taken by the EPA, especially recent regulations on methane emissions from pipelines and installations will now be overturned.

    “I think these regulations are going to get a very critical look, as to what they’re doing in terms of the economic cost versus the climate benefits,” said Nick Loris, from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

    “I don’t know if you will see an energy revolution but I do think there’s going to be a look at this regulatory onslaught that’s choked off investment to specific energy technologies and energy sources.”

    The biggest casualty of the Trump presidency is likely to be the Clean Power Plan, the centre piece of the Obama administration’s attempts to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by a third within 15 years.

    Guess which “energy sources” they have in mind!!?

    Environmentalists are hopeful though, that the plan has already had some impacts on energy production.

    “We have made so much progress in replacing coal with clean energy that many of the early goals of the Clean Power Plan have already been met,” said Michael Brune.

    “So undermining it won’t have the effect that people thought two years ago.”

    With 29 states now having regulations in place that mandate a proportion of their energy comes from renewable sources, this will also make it difficult for President-elect Trump to turn back the renewable tide and boost coal without getting into a battle with the state governors.

    One area where President Obama is rapidly trying to secure his environmentally friendly legacy is through giving extra protections to federal lands.

    Earlier this week, the US department of the interior banned gold mining in an area near Yellowstone national park. There are expectations that he will try and extend protection from mining in Utah, Nevada and around the Grand Canyon.

    While time is running out for President Obama, the imminent arrival of the Trump environmental agenda is doing wonders for environmental campaigners – Donations are rocketing, and memberships are rising.

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  • Apparently Trump can BELIEVE in climate change, when it suits his commercial interests to do so!


    Donald Trump’s plan to erect a huge sea wall at his Irish golf course has been withdrawn in the light of stiff opposition.

    The original application cited rising sea levels as a result of climate change as a key reason for the protective barrier.

    But environmental campaigners opposed the two-mile long development saying it threatened a rare breed of snail.

    A new plan with smaller wall is expected to be submitted shortly.

    The Trump International hotel and golf links at Doonbeg on the west coast of County Clare was acquired in 2014.

    Storms that year caused significant erosion of sand dunes at the course and the Trump organisation submitted plans to Clare County Council to build a two-mile (2.8km) limestone wall to limit the impact of the seas.

    At 4m in height and 20m wide, the 200,000-tonne structure would have required some 200,000 tonnes of rock for construction.

    The €10m wall would protect against the wasting impacts of the seas, the original application said.

    The documents went on to detail that “the rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and wave energy associated with global warming can increase the rate of erosion”.

    Six months ago, the local authority went back to the Trump group for further information on how the structure would impact the Carrowmore dunes special area of conservation, but none was forthcoming.

    “We got notification from the applicant yesterday that they were withdrawing their application,” a council spokesman told BBC News.

    They Trump group indicated that they had pulled their plans because the planning process would have taken way too long.

    “Since 2002, an estimated 15m to 20m of dune face has been eroded from the beach front and the golf course. All efforts at soft management of the coastline have failed. All efforts to readjust the course have also been expended.”

    In a statement, the group announced plans for a scaled down version of the wall, that would stretch to 900 metres in two parts and would see metal sheet piles inserted into the ground on the golf course with limestone boulders placed around them.

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  • Meanwhile those with brains and an informed view of the commercial future of energy supplies, are taking their own steps!


    Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017

    Google has confirmed it will hit its target of offsetting 100% of the energy used at its data centres and offices against power from renewable sources.

    The firm first made the commitment in 2015 to go 100% renewable by 2017.

    In a blog, the company said it was now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.

    Fossil fuels are still used by Google, but now it buys enough electricity from renewable sources to offset energy use at the data centres and offices.

    Its 13 data centres alone consume around 5.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity.

    “Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60% and 80% respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option,” said Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure.

    He added: “Since the wind doesn’t blow 24 hours a day, we’ll also broaden our purchases to a variety of energy sources that can enable renewable power, every hour of every day.

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