Trump: Climate change scientists have ‘political agenda’

Oct 15, 2018

By the BBC

US President Donald Trump has accused climate change scientists of having a “political agenda” as he cast doubt on whether humans were responsible for the earth’s rising temperatures.

But Mr Trump also said he no longer believed climate change was a hoax.

The comments, made during an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, come less than a week after climate scientists issued a final call to halt rising temperatures.

The world’s leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced.

Last week’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body evaluating climate change – warned the world was heading towards a temperature rise of 3C.

Scientists say that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity – which has caused approximately 1C of global warming above pre-industrial levels.

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5 comments on “Trump: Climate change scientists have ‘political agenda’

  • I’m not surprised. He is a business man oriented into reducing costs and creating jobs, probably in the petrol industry. All republicans are big investors in the petrol industry. It is obvious.

    Also, this climate change thing is happening too slowly. It’s not like the ozone layer which had an obvious large hole. (The ozone got damaged and then it was decided to stop production of chlorofluorocarbons).

    It isn’t like car crashes which obviously kill people. (A lot of people get into horrific accidents, so they make seat belts mandatory. They redesign the car body so that it crumples up.)

    So, we have to damage the environment first. Then laws will be past to reduce CO2 emissions. Humans are reactionaries. They aren’t really proactive. Also, countries like Europe and Canada are slowing down the arrival of the problem. That is not good. We have to increase CO2 production.

  • vrej #3
    Oct 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    So, we have to damage the environment first. Then laws will be past to reduce CO2 emissions.

    We are in the middle of a mass extinction, and have massively damaged the environment. It’s a big planet and most of the blinkered living luxury life-styles don’t look or don’t want to look. They sit in denial and contradict those who have looked and measured!

    Humans are reactionaries. They aren’t really proactive.

    Hopefully, they will start to react to the powered up storms, floods, droughts, crop-failures and wild fires! It seems the blinkered gullible ignorant, are quite happy to listen to fake assurances, right up to the point when the climate arrives at their own doorway and bites them!

    Also, countries like Europe and Canada are slowing down the arrival of the problem. That is not good.

    Actually, far too many of them are paying lip-service tot he problem, while making only token gestures.

    We have to increase CO2 production.

    That sounds like a one-way ticket to a collective suicide policy!
    Urgent mitigating and pre-emptive action is what is needed.
    There is little merit in a few remaining humans recognising the irreversible changes which are killing them while in their final death-throes, after the dim herd have perished fighting each other for scant resources, and blaming anyone but themselves!
    ( A bit like the Trump supporters, now triumphantly clinging to employment in propped up, dying, obsolete, uncompetitive, polluting, industries. )

  • vrej #3
    Oct 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Also, countries like Europe and Canada are slowing down the arrival of the problem.

    They are not slowing it down nearly enough, and as usual, the old vested interests and the politicians, are being dragged along at the back, kicking and screaming, at the enterprising innovators, engineers and scientists who are developing wind-power, biofuels etc!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45873785

    Scottish Power has closed all of its coal plants in the past decade and has 2,700 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity operating or under construction in the UK.

    It also has projects planned that can generate more than 3,000 MW. Its four-year plan aims to make electricity “cleaner and cheaper for Britain“.

    Drax runs the UK’s biggest power plant near Selby in North Yorkshire and is moving away from coal ahead of a government deadline for an emissions limit on coal plants from 2025.

    It has already converted four of its six generating units to burn wood pellets.

    The Selby plant is believed to be the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe.

    Bioenergy combined with carbon capture, ACTIVELY takes carbon out of the atmosphere via plants, and then stores the CO2 instead of returning it as happens in a carbon neutral bioenergy power plant.

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