President of the United States of America Donald Trump, the immense brain genius with one hand on the world’s second-biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons and the other on his penis, has weighed in on climate change in his characteristically dumb-as-shit manner in an interview with US TV show 60 Minutes.
While increasingly damning reports of the swiftly increasing effects of climate change are painting a horrifically bleak future of what even the next 10 years of life on earth will look like, Trump is in the process of deciding whether it’s a hoax or just a thing that’s happening that will go away soon.
Trump’s previously stated position on climate change has largely been, well, this:
NBC News just called it the great freeze – coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2014
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2013
We should be focused on magnificently clean and healthy air and not distracted by the expensive hoax that is global warming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
The entire country is FREEZING – we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2014
Although, at times, he has taken a slightly more nuanced position by specifying that the supposed hoax is being perpetrated by China:
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Although you might be lead to believe that Trump is something of an expert on climate change and that his observations about the weather are gospel truths on the state of the planet, as the Associated Press points out, records from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the planet hasn’t experienced a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985, which is probably a great sign.
When asked by host Lesley Stahl whether he still thinks it’s a hoax, Trump acknowledged that “something” is happening but played down its urgency and importance:
Trump: I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s manmade. I will say this. I don’t wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don’t wanna be put at a disadvantage.
Stahl: I wish you could go to Greenland, watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels.
Trump: And you don’t know whether or not that would have happened with or without man. You don’t know.
Stahl attempted to pin down Trump on where he was getting his facts from but, as per usual, Trump just cited “people“:
Trump: I’m not denying climate change. But it could very well go back. You know, we’re talkin’ about over millions–
Stahl: But that’s denying it.
Trump: –of years. They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael.
Stahl: Who says that? “They say”?
Trump: People say. People say that in the–
Stahl: Yeah, but what about the scientists who say it’s worse than ever?
Trump: You’d have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda, Lesley.
It’s going to be so great when we have to explain to our future kids that the planet is a lifeless ball of dirt because people elected a fuckwit from a TV show.