Donald Trump describes himself a true environmentalist

Katie Ramirez
October 16, 2018

"Something's changing and it'll change back again", he said on CBS.

But Stahl was more interested in hearing what Trump had to say about the actual proof of a changing climate.

The world's leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced. "I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference", Trump told Lesley Stahl.

US President Donald Trump said he does not want to spend trillions of dollars responding to impacts of climate change, which he said was not a hoax but could "change back again".

"But I don't know that it's manmade".

At least he no longer claims that climate change is nothing more than a hoax started by China.

Verdict: False The US government's own Climate Science Special Report, published under Trump, finds that "it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century", and that over the last century "there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence".

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Oil rose in early trading, with Brent crude , the global benchmark, rising as much 2 per cent to US$81.92 a barrel. The official said evidence was being shared with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States.

What did Mr Trump say about climate change?

He replied: "You'd have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda". I will say this.

If the world fails to act, the researchers warn, there will be some significant and risky changes to our world, including rising sea levels, significant impacts on ocean temperatures and acidity, and the ability to grow crops such as rice, maize and wheat.

Trump announced past year he would pull the U.S. out of the pact, which set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels, saying the agreement was "disadvantageous to the USA to the exclusive benefits of other countries".

Even though it seems like he finally recognizes that global warming is a real issue, Trump believes no action should be taken because the climate will eventually fix itself!

However, he announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, which commits another 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them even more, to 1.5C. We'll keep you posted with all of the latest political news surrounding President Trump and his policies on climate change.

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