Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source

Michele Stevens
October 18, 2018

That is sort of progress, right?

"I think something's happening", Trump told CBS journalist Lesley Stahl.

Green Great Britain & Northern Ireland Week (Green GB Week) has launched with the aim of highlighting the opportunities that clean growth offers the United Kingdom, and raising understanding of how businesses, entrepreneurs and the public can contribute to tackling climate change. I do think there's probably a difference. But I don't know that it's manmade. "I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren't so good". It is a welcome change to the extent that Trump has accepted that climate change is for real, even though he still has doubts whether it is man-made or not.

The IPCC report lays out numerous solutions, including "shifting to low- or zero-emission power generation, such as renewables; changing food systems, such as diet changes away from land-intensive animal products; electrifying transport and developing "green infrastructure", such as building green roofs, or improving energy efficiency by smart urban planning, which will change the layout of many cities". "Hopefully we'll go back to many years of having none".

Trump, who pulled out of the landmark Paris climate accord previous year and whose administration has quashed one environmental regulation after the next, proclaimed himself "truly an environmentalist".

Host Leslie Stahl and Trump then went back and forth, arguing about how much more destructive hurricanes have become, which the Donald denied.

"They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with (Hurricane) Michael", Trump said.

Temperature records kept by the US space agency, NASA, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the world has not had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require require global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030.

"This is the No. 1 myth, it's a reflection of ignorance; climate has changed before, climate scientists are quite aware of that", she said. However, what Trump stuck with as his idea that climate change was not a human made problem and that the climate would soon normalize.

Although it is true that the Earth's climate has always varied, as kindergarteners learn when they learn about the extinction of dinosaurs, climate scientists say the current rate of rapid warming is unprecedented.

Numerous world's major cities, including London, Miami and Singapore could find themselves compromised by the combined effects of tide, storm surge or extreme weather systems.

"A lot of people will smile when they hear that", he said, before claiming that he wants "the cleanest water on the planet" and the "cleanest air".

"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC", said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

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