President-elect Donald Trump has had plenty to say on some issues, but has stayed quiet on others, which has many wondering what will happen when he takes office in January. His history of remarks on environmental issues have many worried about his plans for industries like solar, wind, and the oil business. While we wait for a specific plan of action, Donald Trump's quotes on climate change may give us some insight into the fate of our planet over the next four years.
2015 was the hottest year on record until this year: 2016 broke the record, according to reports from the World Meteorological Organization. This comes at the end of the hottest five-year period on record, which began in 2011. The phenomenon of global warming is complex, but scientists more or less agree that a major factor is our collective, human carbon footprint: things like the combustion of fossil fuels in our cars help to create what's called the "greenhouse effect." We actually need the greenhouse effect to keep Earth habitable, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But if too many gases like carbon dioxide are trapped in the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect works too well and the planet heats up. If it gets too hot, Earth won't be habitable to many species — humans included, eventually.
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
Let's continue to destroy the competitiveness of our factories & manufacturing so we can fight mythical global warming. China is so happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2012
In the 1920's people were worried about global cooling--it never happened. Now it's global warming. Give me a break!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2012
Looks like the U.S. will be having the coldest March since 1996-global warming anyone?????????— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2013
Do you believe @algore is blaming global warming for the hurricane?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2012
The problem w/ the concept of "global warming" is that the U.S. is spending a fortune on "fixing it" while China & others do nothing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2013
There are plenty — Trump and his growing administration included — who do not believe reports on climate change are accurate. Back in 2011, at the beginning of that record-breaking period, Trump went a step further and called climate change a conspiracy, which he believes was started by the Chinese government in order to "make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," according to a tweet he sent in 2012:
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
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
It's freezing and snowing in New York--we need global warming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
32º in New York - it's freezing! Where the hell is global warming when you need it?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2013
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
The only global warming that people should be concerned with is the global warming caused by nuclear weapons because of our weak U.S. leader— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2014
Trump didn't have any plans in place on his website for addressing climate change throughout the campaign, and it's obvious now that he has no intention of doing so. He doesn't believe that humans have an impact on climate change, nor is he motivated to allocate funds toward research. He's certainly not interested in making investments in wind or solar power, but is very interested in the oil business.
His website's energy plan includes unleashing "$50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves," and vowed to "rescind all job-destroying Obama executive actions. Mr. Trump will reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production."
Windmills are the greatest threat in the US to both bald and golden eagles. Media claims fictional ‘global warming’ is worse.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2014
They changed the name from “global warming” to “climate change” after the term global warming just wasn’t working (it was too cold)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2013
It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2015
Obama’s speech on climate change was scary. It will lower our standard of living and raise costs of fuel & food for everyone.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2013
The people that gave you global warming are the same people that gave you ObamaCare!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2013
While he's at it, Trump also wants to dismantle the Paris Agreement, a global action plan signed by more than 200 countries aimed at repairing the damage global warming has already done and preventing more in the future. Given that so many other nations in the world not only accept climate change as a human-driven reality, but signed an agreement saying they would work toward reducing the damage done, if Trump continues to deny climate change, he will be the only world leader to do so, based on data released by the Sierra Club.