Trump does believe the climate is changing and that’s big news. Now the question must be, why is he intentionally ignoring it? Also this admission may put him at odds with much of the Republican party.
With Trump’s political footing so unstable this is a major announcement as it may further alienate him from the conservative party he so desperately needs the support of.
With the initial news CNN reports:
“President Donald Trump does believe in climate change and that humans have a role in it, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview on “State of the Union.”
“President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation,” Haley said Saturday, answering a central question in the wake of his decision to withdraw the country from the Paris climate accord.
Trump “knows that it’s changing and that the US has to be responsible for it and that’s what we’re going to do,” she continued, adding that withdrawing from the Paris agreement won’t change the country’s commitment to curbing climate change.
“Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” she said.
When asked why the US pulled out of the climate agreement, Haley blamed former President Barack Obama for agreeing to regulations that were “too onerous,” too strict and ultimately unachievable
“The regulations from the Paris agreement were disadvantaging our companies,” she said. “I knew that as a governor. The jobs were not attainable as long as we lived under those regulations. It was not possible to meet the goals had we attempted to.”
What do you think? Is that a cop-out for taking no action or will this change of mentality spur Trump into tangible action with regard to climate change?