‘I don’t see it’: Trump says people like him aren’t global warming ‘believers’ and he doubts people cause climate change – one day after apocalyptic report comes out of his own administration
- President Donald Trump said for the second day in a row that he’s skeptical about apocalyptic global warming predictions from his own administration
- ‘A lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,’ he said in an Oval Office interview
- On Monday he said more simply: ‘I don’t believe it’
- A stunning report was released by multiple federal agencies on Friday, claiming climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars
- ‘As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,’ he said Tuesday
- Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the climate report was based on computer models that relied on the ‘most extreme’ scenarios possible
President Donald Trump said for the second day in a row that he’s skeptical about his own administration’s conclusion that human-generated global warming is a threat to the nation and the world.
‘One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,’ Trump told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The president has been pressed for the past two days about a stunning report released Friday that said climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production.
‘As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,’ he told the Post.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders attacked the climate report Tuesday afternoon during a rare press briefing.
‘This report is based on the most extreme modeled scenario, which contradicts long-established trends,’ she said, claiming that ‘it’s not based on facts.’
‘We’d like to see something that is more data-driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate,’ Sanders added.
‘The president’s certainly leading on what matters most in this process, and that’s on having clean air, clean water,’ Sanders told reporters.
‘In fact, the United States continues to be a leader on that front.’
Trump has in the past boiled ecology policy down to its simplest expression, frustrating environmentalists who have warned consistently for 40 years about a coming climate apocalypse.
‘You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean,’ he said Tuesday.
The president was more succinct with his doubts on Monday.
‘I don’t believe it,’ he told reporters at the White House before he left for campaign rallies in Mississippi.
‘I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,’ he added then.