Trump backed urgent climate change a few years ago
Like everything else he once stood for, this has changed.
As negotiators headed to Copenhagen in December 2009 to forge a global climate pact, concerned US business leaders and liberal luminaries took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for aggressive climate action. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and the US Congress, they declared: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
One of the signatories of that letter: Donald Trump.
Also signed by Trump’s three adult children, the letter called for passage of US climate legislation, investment in the clean energy economy, and leadership to inspire the rest of the world to join the fight against climate change…
In every conceivable way, the letter contradicts Trump’s current stance on climate policy. On the campaign trail, Trump has said he is “not a big believer in man-made climate change.” Last fall, after Obama described climate change as a major threat to the United States and the world, Trump said that was “one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard in politics — in the history of politics as I know it.”