Donald Trump is backing down from his previous assertion that climate change is a “hoax” perpetrated by China.
In an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday, the president-elect acknowledged “some connectivity” between human activity and the changing climate. In another apparent shift, Trump did not fully commit honoring his pledge to “cancel” United States participation in international climate accords such as the so-called Paris agreement.
“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much,” Trump said Tuesday when asked about the relationship between human activity and climate change, adding that he has “an open mind” regarding U.S. participation in climate agreements with other countries.
Does Trump think human activity is linked to climate change? “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much."
— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 22, 2016
Trump’s comments represent the latest in a series of apparent flip-flops in which the president-elect has backed away from assertions he made on the campaign trail. His senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said Tuesday that Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue” criminal charges against Hillary Clinton as president, despite his repeated calls for her to be jailed.
Many liberals and supporters of Hillary Clinton are distraught about Trump’s election because they are very worried about climate change, and have pinned their hopes to a nationwide effort to enlist children in lawsuits against state and federal agencies.
An Oregon-based nonprofit group has organized a number of lawsuits in recent years on behalf of children, alleging that governments are violating the constitutional rights of younger generations by not doing “more” to address climate change.
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