President-elect Donald Trump is noted for pointing out that, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
That was four years ago, before Donald Trump ran for President of the United States. Now that he has won, this message is not working so well. Stuff like this got him elected, but now he has no further use for it, or the people who bought into it.
Not so fast. Mr. Trump is not ready to throw over something that has done him well for so long. He made an effort to set the record straight in an interview yesterday:
Washington (CNN)The reality of climate change is an open question, President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday.“Nobody really knows” if climate change is real, Trump said in the “Fox News Sunday” interview, when host Chris Wallace asked the incoming President where he stands on the environment.“I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.”
The operative wording here is, “Nobody really knows.” I am not a linguist but I have had a few beers with one, and my translation of that phrase is, “Somebody doesn’t know.” I’m thinking Mr. Trump is one of those who does not.
The image at the top is from a YouTube clip posted on The Alex Jones Channel. It features an interview with Timothy Ball, Ph.D., a retired professor from the University of Winnipeg:
Ball rejects the scientific opinion on climate change, stating that carbon dioxide is not a greenhouse gas. He has worked with the Friends of Science and the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, and is a research fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
I will diagnose the interview with Professor Ball in a later post. In the meantime, I am guessing we have a candidate about to take over the highest elected office in this country who suffers a colossal misunderstanding of some basic science. That said, regardless of what Professor Ball and some others may think, Mr. Trump could possible overcome this lapse and throw some government weight toward dealing with this 21st century problem. In that event, there is a passel of voters who are going to be disappointed. How they will deal with it is going to be interesting to watch.