Donald Trump has a “natural instinct for science,” according to Donald Trump.
The current man in the White House has been especially chatty about science and the environment in the last few days. Over the weekend, CBS News' 60 Minutes released an interview with Trump where he gave his two cents on climate change, saying that he believes in it, yet also thinks the climate will naturally “change back again.”
In a new interview with the Associated Press (AP), published on Wednesday, Trump reiterated that idea once more, adding that he has “a natural instinct for science” and he’s “truly an environmentalist.”
“You have scientists on both sides of the issue. And I agree the climate changes, but it goes back and forth, back and forth. So we’ll see,” he explained.
Bear in mind, we don’t really have scientists on both sides of the issue. Most estimates conclude that between 90 to 100 percent of climate scientists – with an average of 97 percent – agree climate change is happening and it’s influenced by industrial human activity.
When AP reporters noted that scientists believe climate change is reaching a point where it can’t be reversed, Trump reeled off a similar line: “No, no. Some say that and some say differently. I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it.”
He then explained, “My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years – Dr John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture."
“I mean, you know, I am a person that believes very, very strongly in the environment. I am truly an environmentalist,” he continued. “I know some people might not think of me as that, but I’m an environmentalist. Everything I want and everything I have is clean. Clean is very important – water, air. But I also want jobs for our country.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget has been slashed, especially in the fields of climate change research, under the Trump Administration. It’s also been subjected to frequent purges, for example, the EPA also fired many of their top scientific advisors and demoted others in the hopes they would quit. That’s not even mentioning Trump’s pullout of the Paris Climate Accord.
So, regardless of your political affiliation, it’s certainly a stretch to consider the Trump administration an “environmentalist" movement.
For more insights into the President's scientific beliefs, check out this list of all the science he thinks isn't true. Due to the near-constant tirade of unscientific or downright anti-scientific comments spilling out of the White House, we even had to make a second edition of that list.