President-elect Donald Trump has altered his vehement denial of climate change for something a bit more mild. When asked by the New York Times on Tuesday whether human activity is linked to climate change, he said: “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much.”
His actions, however, still belie his words.
He was then asked about his stance on the Paris climate agreement, to which he said: “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.”
During his presidential campaign, Trump often reiterated that he would drop out of the Paris climate accord. His current phrasing suggests he may not have looked at it closely before, but we'll gloss over that fact and hand it over to his previous statements.
His plans for his first 100 days in office, however, do not seem to reflect this new mindset. Part of his plan includes kickstarting the Keystone pipeline, lifting mining restrictions on coal, oil and natural gas, and not investing in renewables.
He also previously stated that global warming is a Chinese hoax:
Keep in mind, Trump has chosen a climate change skeptic to oversee the EPA transition. The man he picked, Myron Ebell, has no science degree and runs an organization that is in part financed by the coal industry. Ebell is also involved in the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group “focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.”