Trump is a ‘climate realist’

Published 9:55 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

To the editor:

Regarding a letter in the Nov. 28 edition (“Protect commonwealth’s hunting interests”), I wan to note that it is a good thing that President-elect Donald Trump is “questioning whether or not climate change is real.” It makes him a “climate realist.”

On July 26, Trump told Fox News, “I say it [man-made climate change] could have a minor impact, but nothing, nothing to what they’re talking about.”

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In his response to questions posed to all the candidates for president by, Trump said, “There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change.’”

The reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change at, which reference hundreds of research papers published in the world’s leading science journals, demonstrate that Trump’s climate skepticism is well substantiated.

The NIPCC shows that much of what we thought we knew about climate is either mistaken or highly debatable.

Trump was right to maintain that, rather than wasting money trying to stop hypothetical man-made climate change, our focus should be to “protect clean air and clean water,” things we know we can affect.

Tom Harris

Executive Director

International Climate Science Coalition