- Former President Trump was asked if he believes human activity is contributing to climate change.
- He dodged, pointing the finger at other countries’ climate emissions while declaring that the United States must remain “competitive.”
- Trump has long denied the science behind climate change, calling it a Chinese hoax at one point.
Former President Donald Trump dodged a question on Monday about whether he believes human activity is causing climate change, saying “the climate has always changed” while asserting that the United States United should not turn to renewable energy resources because that would make the country “totally uncompetitive.”
There is a broad scientific consensus that climate change is primarily due to human activity and the resulting release of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.
During an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Iran nuclear deal and the 2020 election, Trump claimed that President Joe Biden and his administration were spreading a “climate hoax” and refusing to increase oil production in the United States.
This prompted Varney to ask Trump if he thinks climate change is “a total hoax from start to finish.”
“Well, the Green New Deal is a hoax,” Trump said.
Varney continued, “Is the climate changing because of human activity?”
“In my opinion, you have a thing called weather, and you go up and down,” Trump falsely claimed in response. “The climate has always changed.”
Trump has long denied the reality of the growing climate crisis, falsely claiming in a now unavailable tweet from 2012 that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to make American manufacturing uncompetitive.” He echoed that assertion in Monday’s interview.
“Now what we want is we want clean air, we want clean water,” Trump continued, blaming China, India and Russia for polluting the water. and air in the United States.
The Trump administration has significantly rolled back regulations designed to fight climate change and ensure clean water and air, rolling back nearly 100 environmental rules during his presidency, according to a New York Times report.
“It makes us totally uncompetitive,” Trump said of clean energy. “So unless everyone does it together, the problem is that green technology isn’t powerful enough to power our big factories.”
The former president also reiterated his longstanding grievances over wind turbines.
“Let’s go to the windmills. The windmills are all made in China and Germany,” he said. “They rust and they’re gone in 10 years. For some reason it’s very difficult to bury them, because of what they’re made of, especially the blades, so you know, but the wind is very intermittent. It works bad, and it’s the most expensive form of energy.”
Many of Trump’s criticisms of wind turbines and wind energy are wrong, exaggerated, or outdated. Wind energy is one of the cheapest forms of energy.
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 21, 2022