Pence, un­like Trump, says hu­mans af­fect cli­mate change

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD - By Scott Bauer

Don­ald Trump’s run­ning mate is break­ing with the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee’s claim that cli­mate change is not the re­sult of hu­man ac­tiv­ity.

Vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Mike Pence said Tues­day “there’s no ques­tion” that hu­man ac­tiv­ity af­fects both the cli­mate and the en­vi­ron­ment.

At Mon­day’s pres­i­den­tial de­bate, Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton chal­lenged Trump’s views, say­ing: “Don­ald thinks that cli­mate change is a hoax per­pe­trated by the Chi­nese. I think it’s real.” Trump in­ter­rupted with “I did not, I do not say that.”

But in 2012, Trump tweeted that the “con­cept of global warm­ing was cre­ated by and for the Chi­nese in or­der to make U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing non-com­pet­i­tive.” He later claimed he was kid­ding, but he’s also re­peated the as­ser­tion that cli­mate change is a hoax ben­e­fit­ing China. And in 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snow­ing in Texas and Louisiana, record set­ting freez­ing tem­per­a­tures through­out the coun­try and be­yond. Global warm­ing is an ex­pen­sive hoax!”

Trump’s cam­paign man­ager, Kellyanne Con­way, tried to move dis­cus­sion away from those com­ments Tues­day, say­ing on CNN that Trump be­lieves “that cli­mate change is nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring” but the causes are not man­made.

The world’s sci­en­tific or­ga­ni­za­tions say the Earth’s cli­mate is chang­ing be­cause of the buildup of heat-trap­ping gases, es­pe­cially car­bon diox­ide, from the burn­ing of coal, oil and gas.

Pence, ap­pear­ing sep­a­rately on CNN, said, “Let’s follow the sci­ence,” but he warned against rush­ing into en­vi­ron­men­tal re­stric­tions that drive jobs out of

the coun­try and put Amer­i­cans out of work.

“What Don­ald Trump said was a hoax is that bu­reau­crats in Washington, D.C., can con­trol the cli­mate of the Earth,” Pence said. “There’s no ques­tion that the ac­tiv­i­ties that take place in this coun­try and in coun­tries around the world have some im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and some im­pact on cli­mate.”

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