Donald Trump backed off his claim that climate change is a hoax in a CBS interview. He however denied its lasting impact.
He said he is not denying climate change, but he accused the climate change scientists of having a “very big political agenda”.
“I don’t think it’s a hoax. I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made.”
“I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again.”
“I’m not denying climate change. But it could very well go back. You know, we’re talkin’ about over a millions of years.”
Previously in November 2012, he had said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
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He also pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change citing that the deal gives an unfair advantage to countries like India and China and is bound to hit American economy and jobs.
His statement comes after a report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world was heading towards a temperature rice of 3 degrees Celsius. Global warming would increase climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. The climate scientists said that human activity has exacerbated the natural fluctuations in temperature and issued a final call to halt the rising temperatures.
Mr Trump said that he does not want to put the US at a disadvantage while responding to climate change. He also said on a previous occasion that he wanted to negotiate a new and fair deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers. He claimed that climate change was a very expensive form of tax that environmental industries have profited from.
“I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs.”