Here’s What Trump Really Told NYT About Global Warming – Daily Caller
When President-Elect Donald Trump told New York Times reporters and editors he would keep an “open mind” on global warming, the media had a field day and ran headlines the firebrand real estate mogul had moderated his positions.
But go and read the full transcript of Trump’s NYT interview, and you get a different picture than what was reported by many news outlets.
“On climate change, Mr. Trump refused to repeat his promise to abandon the international climate accord reached last year in Paris, saying, ‘I’m looking at it very closely,’” NYT reported in a summary of its interview with the president-elect.
“Despite the recent appointment to his transition team of a fierce critic of the Paris accords, Mr. Trump said that ‘I have an open mind to it’ and that clean air and ‘crystal clear water’ were vitally important,” the Times wrote.
Sounds like he’s moderated a bit from his campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris climate treaty that was hashed out by United Nations delegates at its annual summit last year.
Trump did say he’d keep an “open mind” on the Paris treaty, but unreported parts of the interview seem to be most telling about his actual thoughts on global warming.
Trump not only highlighted the fact there are many prominent skeptics of catastrophic man-made global warming, he also took NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. to task for trying to link global warming to storms.
Trump even mentioned, though not by name, the “Climategate” email scandal where top scientists were allegedly exposed for having fiddled around with climate data to make warming look worse than it actually was.
While Trump did say he believes there’s “some connectivity” between humans and global warming, he expressed concern about how much climate regulations would hamper U.S. competitiveness.
It should also be noted Trump is laughing when he answers some of the Times’ questions on global warming.
So has Trump flip-flopped on global warming? Here’s the full transcript of what Trump told NYT:
TRUMP: [laughing] I read your article. Some will be even better because actually like Doral is a little bit off … so it’ll be perfect. [inaudible] He doesn’t say that. He just says that the ones that are near the water will be gone, but Doral will be in great shape. [laughter]
FRIEDMAN: But it’s really important to me, and I think to a lot of our readers, to know where you’re going to go with this. I don’t think anyone objects to, you know, doing all forms of energy. But are you going to take America out of the world’s lead of confronting climate change?
TRUMP: I’m looking at it very closely, Tom. I’ll tell you what. I have an open mind to it. We’re going to look very carefully. It’s one issue that’s interesting because there are few things where there’s more division than climate change. You don’t tend to hear this, but there are people on the other side of that issue who are, think, don’t even …
SULZBERGER: We do hear it.
FRIEDMAN: I was on ‘Squawk Box’ with Joe Kernen this morning, so I got an earful of it.