Trump says climate change not a "hoax" but questions if it's "manmade"

Gwen Vasquez
October 16, 2018

Donald Trump just walked back his previous comments in which he stated that he felt global warming was a hoax created by the Chinese, but he still somehow doesn't think the current climate change is man-made.

In an interview, Trump accused scientists of having a "very big political agenda" and asserted that he does not want to put the U.S., the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, at a disadvantage in responding to climate change.

Kilmeade complained that Stahl injected her "point of view" when asking Trump whether he still believes climate change is "a hoax," and grilling him for dismissing the mountain of scientific evidence that proves otherwise. "Something's changing and it'll change back again", he said on CBS. "I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference", Trump told Lesley Stahl. "Man-made or not, I mean there's something there".

US President Donald Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 and in years since.

"Other nations - as an example, China - not that I wish this, but they're down many trillions of dollars".

In 2012 Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing non-competitive", which he later claimed to be a joke.

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The report says the world needs to aim to hold the warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C but that marker will be upon us by 2040 if drastic, global action isn't taken. "Hopefully we'll go back to many years of having none".

Trump, who earlier inspected devastation left by the storm in Florida, said "we have been hit by the weather, there is no question about it".

In terms of the chances that the climate will just "change back again", temperature records kept by NASA and the 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.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned further increases would heighten climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth.

Citing concerns about the pact's economic impact, Mr. Trump said in 2017 that the US will leave the Paris climate accord.

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not have a say in Tuesday's decision not to hear the case, but he wrote the majority opinion from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that annulled the Obama-era rule. The agreement set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels.

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