In shift, Trump says hu­mans may be caus­ing global warm­ing

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump ap­pears to be soft­en­ing his tone on whether cli­mate change is real and on his stated plans to scrap the re­cent multi­na­tional agree­ment to limit car­bon emis­sions. In a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view on Tues­day with ed­i­tors and re­porters at The New York Times, Trump said he would “keep an open mind” about the Paris ac­cord, which he has re­peat­edly said he planned to ei­ther rene­go­ti­ate or can­cel if elected. Trump was also re­ported to have af­firmed in the in­ter­view held two weeks af­ter the elec­tion that hu­man ac­tiv­ity and global warm­ing may be linked. “I think there is some con­nec­tiv­ity,” he said. “Some, some­thing. It de­pends on how much.” That’s a sig­nif­i­cant shift from Trump’s past state­ments that cli­mate change is a “hoax” per­pe­trated by the Chi­nese to make US man­u­fac­tur­ing less com­pet­i­tive. Trump has also cited win­ter cold snaps as ev­i­dence that cli­mate change is a “con job” and a “myth.” “The en­tire coun­try is FREEZ­ING — we des­per­ately need a heavy dose of global warm­ing, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high,” Trump tweeted dur­ing a 2014 bl­iz­zard. If he doesn’t change course, Trump would be­come the only head of state on the planet to deny the reams of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that the Earth is warm­ing, ac­cord­ing to a Sierra Club com­pi­la­tion of pub­lic state­ments by the lead­ers of the 195 na­tions rec­og­nized by the State De­part­ment. While Trump’s cli­mate-change de­nial has be­come or­tho­doxy within the Repub­li­can Party, it is at odds with the over­whelm­ing con­sen­sus of the world’s sci­en­tists. Ac­cord­ing to NASA, 97 per­cent of the cli­mate sci­en­tists agree that the world is get­ting hot­ter and that man-made car­bon emis­sions are to blame. Ten of the warm­est years in his­tory have oc­curred in the past 12, with 2016 on pace to be the hottest ever recorded. Stud­ies show the Green­land and Antarc­tic ice sheets have de­creased in mass, while the world’s oceans have risen on av­er­age nearly 7 inches in the last cen­tury. De­spite his pub­lic stance as a politi­cian, there is ev­i­dence that Trump the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man was al­ready hedg­ing his bets. Ear­lier this year, the Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Links and Ho­tel in Ire­land cited the threat of sea-level rise in a per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion to build a nearly two-mile-long stone wall be­tween it and the At­lantic Ocean.

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