This morning on "Fox & Friends," Newt Gingrich decoded President-elect #Donald Trump’s climate comments from a New York Times interview yesterday. During the nearly two hour-long interview, Trump was peppered with rapid-fire questions by some of the NY Times leading climate alarmists. Trump said he had an “open mind about global warming” and that humans are likely a contributing factor. Gingrich, one of Trump’s closest advisors and a former speaker of the house, subsequently helped to decipher some of the resulting statements.
“If we are going to issue the kind of reversals that President-elect Trump campaigned on,” Gingrich told "Fox & Friends", “In terms of saving coal as an industry and helping small towns in Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc…that puts a real strain on the implementation of the Paris accord.” Gingrich also said that unlike President Obama, Trump would surround himself with scientists who are much more skeptical than the “climate fanatics that Obama relies on.”
Art of the deal
Before and during the election, Trump has taken an assertive stance on #Climate Change, calling it “a hoax created by the Chinese” and calling global warming “bull*hit” at a December rally. He even campaigned by saying that, if he won the election, he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Though it is not legally binding—since it wasn’t ratified by the Senate—Trump has been getting an earful about the agreement during post-election calls with foreign dignitaries.
Some pundits are speculating that Trump’s campaign position was a starting point to “negotiate” a fairer deal, which he could then use as leverage to benefit other trade agreements. Trump’s larger concern is that the climate accord will hasten the loss of even more manufacturing jobs, which won't help jump-start the sluggish economy. U.S. GDP, a key indicator of the country’s health, has been running at about at one percent since Obama took office. Three percent GDP growth is considered average.
Tom Friedman asks if Trump will withdraw from climate change accords. Trump: “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it."— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump told the Times staff that he has real concerns about the Paris Climate Agreement. He noted that there are few things more divisive than the climate change debate and that he would take a look at the overall issue. Environmentalists immediately pounced on his comments and said they were “rhetorical snowflakes that could melt and reform with a different meaning.”
"Clean air is vitally important," Trump says about climate change. Says he is keeping "an open mind."— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Bothered by Climategate
Others say that if Trump withdraws from the Paris accord, the United Nations and other member states could punish the U.S. on other foreign policy issues, such as trade and terrorism. And while Trump believes there is some connectivity between humans and global warming, he didn’t elaborate. Trump also brought up the “horrible” Climategate email scandal and said he was disturbed by what he read. Hacked emails showed climatologists colluding and tampering with temperature data to show a warming increase while suppressing dissenting views.
Trump told the Times that the U.S. had lost 70,000 factories since George W. Bush’s presidency, and onerous regulations have forced companies to move overseas, where there is little to no environmental oversight. The interview did put to rest one ecological worry, however. Trump made clear he adamantly believes clean air and water are essential to our #Environment. And that’s a sentiment shared by all Americans this Thanksgiving.