Donald Trump, the man America elected as its commander-in-chief, does not believe in climate change. Instead, he has a very bizarre theory on the phenomenon that has most of the world worried. The president-elect is of the opinion that global warming is a hoax created by China to harm the United States.
Over the years, the loud-mouthed billionaire has extensively complained about the government attempting to solve a problem that “I don’t think in any major fashion exists.”
“I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again,” he said during a 2015 interview. “And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problem.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
We can't destroy the competitiveness of our factories in order to prepare for nonexistent global warming. China is thrilled with us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2012
China, however, begs to differ.
Speaking at United Nations climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin gave Trump an interesting history lesson on climate change.
“If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” Liu said, according to Bloomberg. “That’s why I hope the Republican administration will continue to support this process.”
He also clarified that it was Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They initiated global warming talks even before Beijing knew such negotiations to decrease pollution were starting.
Officials from almost 200 countries attended the conference to discuss the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, awaiting a decision by the president-elect on if he would pull the U.S. — one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses — out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement in order to appeal to the oil sector.
Recently, French President Francois Hollande urged Trump to respect the “irreversible” agreement on signed by more than 190 countries.
“The United States, the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, must respect the commitments that were made,” Hollande said. “It’s not simply their duty, it’s in their interest.”
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy also commented on the matter, reminding Trump of the repercussions the U.S. might face.
“I will demand that Europe put in place a carbon tax at its border, a tax of 1-3%, for all products coming from the United States, if the United States doesn’t apply environmental rules that we are imposing on our companies,” he told Radio France International.
Meanwhile, at the conference, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to quell these anxieties (to some extent).
"While I can't stand here and speculate about what policies our president-elect will pursue, I will tell you this: in the time that I have spent in public life, one of the things I've learned is that some issues look a little bit different when you're actually in office compared to when you're on the campaign trail," he explained.
To put things into perspective, here are a few other outbursts Trump has had on the issue of climate change:
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
The weather has been so cold for so long that the global warming HOAXSTERS were forced to change the name to climate change to keep $ flow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air - not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014