When Trump Backed Action on Climate Change

When Trump Backed Action on Climate Change June 4, 2017

For the last couple years, Donald Trump has claimed that global warming is a big hoax invented by the Chinese to sink the American economy (never mind that they’re doing more to reduce their emissions than we are), but in 2009 he and all of his adult children signed a letter demanding strong action on the matter.


As negotiators headed to Copenhagen in December 2009 to forge a global climate pact, concerned U.S. business leaders and liberal luminaries took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for aggressive climate action. In an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress, they declared: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”

One of the signatories of that letter: Donald Trump.

Also signed by Trump’s three adult children, the letter called for passage of U.S. climate legislation, investment in the clean energy economy, and leadership to inspire the rest of the world to join the fight against climate change.

“We support your effort to ensure meaningful and effective measures to control climate change, an immediate challenge facing the United States and the world today,” the letter tells the president and Congress. “Please allow us, the United States of America, to serve in modeling the change necessary to protect humanity and our planet.”

And once more we find that Trump’s greatest critic is the ghost of Trump past. All this reveals is that he really doesn’t have any political ideology at all, nor does he understand public policy on even a rudimentary level. He says whatever he feels like he has to say at any given moment and then gladly takes the opposite position later if it then suits his purposes to do so. And it now suits his purposes to appeal to those who think global warming is a hoax.

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