Trump Leaves Door Open for the First Time Regarding Climate Change

Trump Flip Flops on Climate Change and Leaves Environmentalists Optimistic

President-elect Donald Trump held an interview with the New York Times following the election. During the interview, Mr. Trump flip flopped on a number of campaign promises he had made only 2-weeks earlier. One particular change has left a glimmer of hope for environmentalists.

Trump has been very dismissive of climate change and has frequently referred to it as a profiteering-driven hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. He’s used this language during his campaign to justify his position that he will do everything in his power to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. His appointment of fossil fuel lobbyist Myron Ebell has all but solidified his anti-environmental agenda.

Why the NY Times Interview Gives Hope

While Trump has given conservationists little reason to see hope in his policy decisions, the interview he held with the Times does open a glimmer of hope. Trump was questioned on his position regarding global climate change. For the first time ever, Trump left a door open with the following statement:

“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much,” – Donald Trump’s Response to whether global climate change is the result of human activity.

This response was a dramatic shift from his responses in the past. This is the first time Trump acknowledged that any level of human influence was possible.

When further questioned regarding the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump responded,

“I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.”

While these responses demonstrate a nominal shift in his long-standing view of the environment, it does at least demonstrate that he is open to the idea. This is a big step back in the right direction.