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Trump says climate will change back, denying his own admin’s report



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Trump models a hard hat in support of coal miners during a 2016
campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia.

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  • President Donald Trump said he hasn’t seen his own
    government’s National Climate Assessment, but he doubts its grim
    conclusions and thinks the climate can change back on its own.
  • The Trump administration’s own scientists say it’s
    overwhelmingly clear that humans are causing climate change and
    that its repercussions could ravage the US and the world.
  • But Trump said he thinks the climate, the hottest in modern
    human history, can change back on its own.

President Donald Trump said he hasn’t seen his own government’s
National Climate Assessment, but he doubts its grim conclusions
and thinks the climate can change back on its own.

Shown the National Climate Assessment, a
document his administration produced, when he appeared
on Axios on HBO, Trump disputed
its findings and said he thinks the climate changes back and

The document concludes that it’s “extremely likely that human
activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the
dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th

Further, it links climate change to forest fires that have
ravaged the US in recent years as well as rising water levels
that threaten a broad swath of coastal US cities. The report
keeps in line with a United Nations report that
predicts the world has 12 years to take drastic action to avert
global catastrophe.

Read more:
UN report concludes the climate change
goals the world set are inadequate, and the track we’re on is

The US military and other elements of the government have had to
grapple with the reality of rising water levels that threaten
naval bases and populations around the globe.

While Trump admitted humans “certainly contribute” to the hottest
climate in modern human history, he also said he could produce
scientific reports that dispute human-caused climate change.

In response to the UN report,
Trump said in October that the climate may actually be
and not in danger.

“Is there climate change? Yeah,” said Trump to Axios.

“Will it go back like this?” Trump asked, making an up and down
waving motion with his hand. “I mean will it change back?
Probably, that’s what I think.”

“I believe it goes this way,” he said, again waving his hand up
and down.

“We do have an impact but I don’t believe the impact is nearly
what some scientists say and other scientists dispute those
findings very strongly,” Trump said.

The real science

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Recent scientific journals have not disputed human-caused climate
change, so it’s unclear what scientific reports Trump was
referring to.

Some scientists disagree about the extent to which the climate
has changed, but they are in consensus that humans are
exacerbating the change.

Trump has championed policies, like the use of coal for power,
that scientists blame for releasing carbon, a key greenhouse gas,
into the atmosphere. In defense of his preference for coal, Trump
has said he doesn’t want to combat climate change at the expense
of US jobs.

These were some of the reasons why Trump pulled the US out of the
global Paris agreement to combat climate change in 2017.

While Trump correctly stated that the earth’s climate changes
regularly over time, it does so on a geologic time scale, rather
than in a matter of generations. And scientists warn that our
extensive burning of greenhouse gases has set off a period of
warming that has thrown the earth’s natural cycle out of whack.

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