Donald Trump’s views on global warming

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To run for high office you have to at least pretend to care about global warming. There are too many voters on both sides, even on the Republican side, who would make disbelief in AGW the single issue that determined their vote. For me, belief in global warming is as clear a sign of anti-capitalist ideologically-driven wishful thinking as I would care to choose. It may be a reality, but it is one for which the evidence is virtually non-existent while the costs of trying to contain our carbon footprint so immense that skepticism is the only answer that makes sense. I therefore googled “Donald Trump and Global Warming” and the following article, from MSNBC, seems to be representative of his views. And what makes this article so fascinating is that the article is trying to prove that Trump really thinks acceptance of AGW is utterly without merit although he is now beginning to pretend that he actually thinks it is important even though he doesn’t really think so. The article was published in February. Here’s the start.

Something unexpected is happening in the Republican presidential field.

Leading GOP candidates once denied the reality of manmade climate change, but now they seem to be softening their posture and subtly embracing it.

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have long pledged to deepen President Obama’s climate commitments if elected to office. The Republican candidates are still far from believers or political backers of the president’s agenda. But a close parsing of their comments suggest the party of no is becoming the party of maybe – or perhaps even the party of yes.

Take the case of Donald Trump, the billionaire contrarian and big winner of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. His denial of climate change has been a centerpiece of his act for years.

Naturally, this is taken as a sign of ignorance and a lack of seriousness about dealing with one of our most important contemporary problems. But even though he is now trying to be more political in how he expresses his views, the folks at MSNBC are not going to be caught out in accepting his more recent statements as his real beliefs.

In tweets between 2012 and early 2015, he called climate change a “con job,” a “canard,” a “hoax,” “bulls**t,” and a concept “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Now, however, Trump wants to be president so has begun to reverse course.

But as his political star has risen, he’s changed his tune on global warming.

He’s walked back his wildest conspiracy theories and toned down his claims that cold weather somehow disproves global warming. He’s also retired some of his most incendiary language (“con job,” “canard”) and wrapped what remains in strong qualifiers.

In January, for example, after relentless mockery from the Sanders campaign, Trump told “Fox & Friends” that his tweet about climate change as a Chinese plot was a “joke.”

So what does Trump say now?

“Obviously, I joke,” he said. “I know much about climate change. I’d be — received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China.”

The Republican front-runner still uses the word “hoax,” deploying it on December 30 at a rally in Hilton Head, S.C. But he bookends it in un-Trump-like uncertainty. “A lot of it is a hoax,” he said, according to ThinkProgress, a left-leaning news site “I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”

You can trace the change to September, when Trump delivered his most expansive comments on climate change. Speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, he criticized Obama for trying “to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists.”

And that is their last word on Trump. The rest of the article shows similar lack of belief on climate change by the other leading Republicans. Trump, however, has been the most consistent and hardline of the lot. Whatever he ends up saying from this point on, you may be sure what he really thinks is what he has most consistently said. If he thought global warming was a con job and bulls**t a year ago, there is nothing that has happened since to have changed his mind. You may be sure that if Trump becomes the candidate this will become a major issue in the campaign.

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37 Responses to Donald Trump’s views on global warming

  1. karabar

    ANYONE who thinks there is such a thing as “global warming” is either delusional or lying. There is no evidence to suggest that it is any more real than the tooth fairy, and plenty of evidence that there is not.
    ANYONE who thinks that a change in atmospheric CO2 has any significant effect on weather, surface air temperature, seal level, ice extent, or precipitation is either delusional or lying. That is impossible.
    ANYONE who thinks that more than 5% of atmospheric CO2 is due to the combustion of fossil fuels is either delusional or lying.
    ANYONE who thinks “climate change” is anything other than local or regional is either delusional or lying.

  2. Ant

    seems to be representative of his views

    What’s Bolt say? Seeming, not doing.

    In any event, I think Trump is sceptical about the Global Warming Racket. Most people who know anything about it are, including those pretending that it’s a big problem. They have over motives for going along with the BS.

    The real question is what would he do as POTUS? The answer is nobody knows. He’s a loose cannon and, given his record, my guess would be that he goes with what’s popular.

    Alternatively, if this is your big issue you could just go with what you know from witnessing someone with real guts who confronts the orthodoxy where it counts and with the type of people who count.

  3. handjive

    Quoting Mark Steyn re: Trump & Free Speech:

    In fact, Mark said on the air:

    “My two big issues are mass immigration, which is going to destroy the Western World, and free speech, which is being attacked all over the Western World.

    Trump is horrible for free speech. He wants to change the libel laws to make it easier for rich guys like him to stop people speaking against him. He’s not a first-principles guy.”

    http://www.steynonline.com/7490/the-gop-circular-firing-squad

  4. GregJ

    In tweets between 2012 and early 2015, he called climate change a “con job,” a “canard,” a “hoax,” “bulls**t,” and a concept “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

    Well, he seems to have got it pretty right so far.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    So he thinks it’s a load of rubbish but wants to snaffle credulous blue collar Dem voters who are fed up with immigration and Hillary?

    Well all you can say about that is he’s unlikely, once elected, to veto whatever the Republican Congresscritters puts in front of him. Otherwise he sounds like a normal pollie.

    On the other hand coal miners in places like WV, who’ve been kneecapped by Bambi, are unlikely to react kindly to green bullshit, so he’s advised to be careful about such.

  6. jupes

    If ever an issue is ripe for ridicule, global warming is it.

    And Trump’s just the man for the job.

    The thing is, global warming is not the main concern of most punters in the US so it’s not a big issue in the election so far. Maybe Hillary will bring it up when it’s just her and The Donald left.

    We can only hope. Trump will humiliate her.

  7. Infidel Tiger

    Drudge and Breitbart are full blown crank sites these days.

  8. C.L.

    There are too many voters on both sides, even on the Republican side, who would make disbelief in AGW the single issue that determined their vote.

    Um, no. I doubt there’d be more than about 11 such people in the entire country.
    Re Trump and ‘climate change’, once again: he’s the only person saying what all of us on the right actually believe. We all know Low Road Ted the Anointed One will play Beltway ball if elected.
    Trump, though – he might just take to warmenism with a baseball bat.
    Best on offer, again, alas.

  9. Ant

    We all know Low Road Ted the Anointed One will play Beltway ball if elected.

    It’s amazing how easy it is to torpedo the Trumpohagiographies.

    You line them up, and they can be readily knocked over like bowling pins by a blind guy, blindfolded and looking in the opposite direction.

  10. C.L.

    I’m not sure how that footage proves that Cruz will suddenly bring down warmenism if elected president or how it excuses his pastor dad declaring him “the annointed one.”

    Your bowling ball is in the gutter.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Ted Cruz has done more to prosecute the case against the climate scam than any other American politician:

  12. C.L.

    Funny, I don’t recall Michelle Malkin protesting about DRUDGE running stories and videos of Rev Jeremiah Wright. The fact is that mainstream orthodox Christians find evangelicals like these blokes creepy and insincere.

  13. C.L.

    Cruz did well in the committee.
    Unfortunately, nobody watches senate hearings.

  14. jupes

    Ted Cruz has done more to prosecute the case against the climate scam than any other American politician:

    This is true.

  15. C.L.

    Discussion between Copeland and another evangelical pastor …
    Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!
    Hilarious.

  16. JC

    Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!

    I agree, God thinks we should all have one.

  17. Ant

    Nobody?

    That one’s had nearly 700k views.

    The anointed have a way…

  18. outsider

    I watch a lot of Trump; he is adamant he is ‘all for clean air and clean water’. It occupied maybe 0.0001% of his utterances thus far in the GOP ‘race’. End of story – AGW has no place in the monumental change DJT plans for the beleaguered republic.

  19. Chris M

    Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!

    I agree, God thinks we should all have one.

    And indeed all believers shall. 1 Thessalonians 4v17

    On many issues it’s tough to figure out what Trump actually stands for because there are quotes of his running both ways… hope he sticks with the AGW is utter nonsense line. These fake scientist frauds need to be completely turfed out – and efforts made to recover the public money they stole.

  20. egg_

    If ever an issue is ripe for ridicule, global warming is it.

    But, but… Al said it’s a planetary emergency!
    Methinks LIGO simply detected Al turning over in bed?

  21. JC

    I watch a lot of Trump; he is adamant he is ‘all for clean air and clean water’.

    We all are. No biggie.

    Trump is God.

  22. BarBar

    What are Steve Kates views on the incitements to violence Donald Trump is employing with escalating force at his rallies? Are these of no issue?
    Perhaps he could post up some videos and explain why they are of no concern?

  23. Talleyrand

    Well Tony Abbott said Climate change was bullsh-t and yet he extended the RET rorts for anothwr decade and gave us direct action .

    Fighting a society’s psychosis is very difficult.

    Many Communists.knew the whole Marxist gig was a dangerous failure; but the still went along with its policies to the loss of millions of people’s lives, and welfare.

  24. paulw

    You seriuosly believe trump is strongest against AGW. ha ha

  25. tgs

    Trump, however, has been the most consistent and hardline of the lot. Whatever he ends up saying from this point on, you may be sure what he really thinks is what he has most consistently said.

    Your logical, moral and ethical contortionism to support Trump’s flipflopping on literally every major issue is getting out of hand.

    If you think Trump is more anti-AGW than Cruz you are either being amazingly ignorant or wilfully dishonest.

  26. Ant

    This 6 minute video breaks down and analyses how Trump answers a question.

    Why are Trumpbots* Trumpbots? This explanation is as good as any.

    *People who worship Trump regardless of him talking crap, shifting positions, lying, treating opponents like they’re garbage, displaying virtually no substance of grasp of an issue, practising the opposite of what he preaches, etc.

    That’s not to say that they’re all dumb, because clearly there are many very smart people backing him (excluding those in it to advance their careers, such as Christie & Carson.)

  27. 2dogs

    Wouldn’t the best strategy for Trump be to champion nuclear? Why isn’t he doing that?

  28. Token

    Well, he seems to have got it pretty right so far.

    Like everything his supporters like he’s walked back from the position. So Trump.

    He knows the personality cult he leads means he can do it & the cultists will still worship him.

  29. jupes

    What are Steve Kates views on the incitements to violence Donald Trump is employing with escalating force at his rallies? Are these of no issue?

    Not are they only of no issue, they are a figment of leftie minds.

  30. srr

    Ted Cruz Loses Law Enforcement
    After Siding With Bill Ayers, Violent Mobs Beating Cops in Chicago

    Jim Hoft Mar 13th, 2016 1:07 am 492 Comments

    On Friday night the Trump campaign called off their Chicago rally due to security threats.
    Leftist protesters cheered, beat Trump supporters, blocked an ambulance to the local hospital and screamed profanities at families staying at the Trump Hotel.

    Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich sided with Bill Ayers, Black Lives Matter, Communists and violent far left protesters.

    The anti-Trump protesters blocked ambulances and screamed at emergency workers, “F*ck you! F*ck you! Back up and go around!”

    The anti-Trump mob beat police officers outside the arena.
    cop bleeding

    On Saturday Ted Cruz lost support of prominent conservatives.

    Ted Cruz also lost support of law enforcement.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/03/ted-cruz-loses-police-after-siding-with-billy-ayers-violent-goons-beating-cops-over-trump/

    … and the list keeps getting longer ….

  31. srr

    Oh My!
    Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro Resign from Breitbart
    after Fudging Story about Trump Campaign Manager

    Jim Hoft Mar 14th, 2016 1:58 am 98 Comments

    Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields made headlines last week when she claimed Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her and threw her down on the ground at the Jupiter, Florida victory speech on Tuesday night.

    Video now proves that Fields exaggerated the story for some strange reason.

    The Gateway Pundit’s Kristinn Taylor was in the room at the time and did not see the incident in question. He was the last reporter to film Corey closing up the event with reporters.

    Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields filed criminal assault charges with Jupiter, Florida police against Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Friday several days after the incident. Fields claims she suffered a slight bruise when Lewandowski “intentionally” assaulted her.

    Video released on Friday shows a fragmented version of Lewandowski walking past Fields.
    (Lewandowski is in the blue shirt. Fields is in the white suit.)

    On Saturday a new video was released. It clearly shows Lewandowski trying to get Trump out of the room after ending the presser. Reporters are swarming Trump including Michelle Fields. Secret Service is also around Trump.

    The video shows Lewandowski walking past Fields. No contact was made. She didn’t even flinch.

    FOR THE RECORD: I spoke with Corey Lewandowski on Friday in St. Louis. I’d caution the anti-Trump crowd from pushing this story further.

    This video is very damning for the young anti-Trump reporter.
    Good luck with that lawsuit, Michelle.

    On Sunday Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro resigned from Breitbart.
    Ben is upset that Breitbart did not take the sham story seriously enough.

    Evidently Michelle’s five minutes of fame is not up.
    Maybe The New York Times has an opening?
    Buzzfeed reported:

    “Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” the reporter at the center of the controversy at the conservative site told BuzzFeed News, the week after Trump’s campaign manager allegedly grabbed her.

    Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro are resigning from the company over the site’s handling of Donald Trump’s campaign manager’s alleged assault on Fields, BuzzFeed News has learned.

    Fields and Shapiro informed Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon of their decision Sunday night.

    “Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”

    In his own statement, Shapiro said the episode was emblematic of how he believes the site’s management had sold out the legacy of its founder and namesake, the late Andrew Breitbart.

    “Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/03/oh-my-michelle-fields-and-ben-shapiro-resign-from-breitbart-after-her-fudging-story-about-trump-campaign-manager/

  32. Infidel Tiger

    It’s very sad what has happened to GatewayPundit. Jim Hoft is now almost as bigger lunatic than the damaged nutters that have destroyed

    Ben Shapiro did the right thing leaving that insane asylum.

  33. Nathan

    To suggest that Trump is more reliably anti-AGW than Cruz is absurd. Next Kates will be saying Trump is the youngest candidate in the race.

  34. Ant

    Trump is the youngest candidate in the race.

    Mr Trump’s plastic surgeon has confirmed that The Donald is 35 years of age.

  35. Ant

    I never followed Gateway.

    I usually check Drudge and Breitbart at least once every couple of days. Incredible how they have risked their brand to follow this flim flam conman. I do wonder if he’s done a ‘deal’ with them because it’s hard to understand why they would piss away their reputation on somebody like that.

    On the other hand, they wouldn’t be first.

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