Contradicting numerous media reports, a skeptic of catastrophic man-made “global warming” contends that Donald Trump has not changed his tune on the subject.
The Associated Press (AP) and many other news outlets announced this week that the president-elect appears to be making a dramatic break from previous remarks in which he said “climate change” is a hoax.
Pointing to a New York Times interview, the AP said Trump acknowledges "some connectivity" between humans and climate change, maintaining that he is keeping an open mind about whether to pull the country out the Paris climate agreement.
"The media falsely spun this Trump story," asserted Marc Morano of Climate Depot. "Their premise is that if Donald Trump doesn't say global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese, then he's flip-flopped on climate change. But that was a joke tweet, and that standard is absurd – as no skeptics believe China invented the concept of global warming."
Morano adds that Trump made similar points that Climate Depot has been making for years.
"He said, 'Yes, humans can influence – there is a connection to them and climate change," Morano explained. "My entire film Climate Hustle is all about: yes, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, yes, carbon dioxide impacts the climate – but there are literally hundreds of factors that overwhelm it, and you can't distinguish it from natural variability."
The expert on environmental issues also had this to say about Trump and the climate treaty.
"He basically said he had an open mind and would wait and see, but that was in the context of brutal pestering by The New York Times, and he was probably just trying to be nuance – and not trying to seek a confrontation," Morano maintained. "He's got many options in terms of the treaty, but the general spin of this is that somehow, Donald Trump changed his views – and if you read the transcript, it is not supported at all by that."