Trump Claims Climate Change Scientists Have A 'Political Agenda'

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"When you talk about environment, I am truly an environmentalist", Trump told reporters in Florida when asked about a recent USA research which says that climate change will make the strongest hurricanes even stronger.

Just last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an arm of the United Nations, released a dire report saying that the world must limit global warming to a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, as a rise of 2 degrees as targeted by the Paris Agreement would be far more harmful and ultimately more costly.

MPs spent their first day back in Parliament after Thanksgiving break debating the perils of climate change.

On melting ice caps causing sea-level rise, Trump said: "And you don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man".

The current administration has been hostile to climate policy, as evidenced by the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement a year ago, and Trump's confusion as to who the I.P.C.C.is when it released its grim report last week. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. "But I don't know that it's man-made", Trump said.

"I'm not denying climate change", he went on to say.

After some back and forth between 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl and Trump over his claim that "people" had said that there were "worse" storms than Hurricane Michael, she asked Trump, "What about the scientists who say it's worse than ever?"

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But Trump, citing no evidence, told Stahl that she would have to "show me the scientists" who have found human activity is a primary driver of global warming trends over the past century "because they have a very political agenda". "Hopefully we'll go back to many years of having none".

As far as the climate "changing back", temperature records kept by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the world hasn't had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985.

In 2012 Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive", which he later claimed to be a joke. The agreement set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels.

Last night, actor Alec Baldwin urged voters to "overthrow" the U.S. government led by Mr Trump at the ballot box.

The report released last week by the IPCC says climate change can only be stopped if the world makes major, and costly, changes. We still need a full and fair trial to prove our case.

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