Climate change? It comes and goes, US President Trump says

Fisherman Thet Naing Tun walks on the shore in Thingangyi village as gathering storm clouds roll across the horizon. ST

Fisherman Thet Naing Tun walks on the shore in Thingangyi village as gathering storm clouds roll across the horizon. ST

In an interview on 60 Minutes last night, President Donald Trump backpedaled on his stance that climate change is a hoax, but he didn't go so far as to acknowledge the reality of climate change and its potentially disastrous effects on the planet.

Trump, who has previously called the worsening phenomenon a hoax, added that he no longer believed that was the case but expressed that he did not believe that it is manmade.

Even though it seems like he finally recognizes that global warming is a real issue, Trump believes no action should be taken because the climate will eventually fix itself!

"They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael", said Trump, who identified "they" as "people" after being pressed by "60 Minutes" correspondent Leslie Stahl.

He also accused scientists of having a "political agenda", but didn't elaborate on either of the claims.

"I don't think the president has ever been more confident that he can do the job than he is today", co-host Brian Kilmeade declared.

"I think something's happening".

"I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference", he told journalist Lesley Stahl. But I don't know that it's man-made. I will say this: I do not want to give trillions and trillions of dollars.

In 2012 Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive", which he later claimed to be a joke.

Scientists say that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity - which have caused approximately 1C of global warming above pre-industrial levels.

Trump's resistance to acknowledge human-induced climate change is at odds with findings made by his own scientists at NASA and NOAA, but the president told the program he has "scientists that disagree with that".

Trump announced a year ago he would pull the United States out of the pact, which set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels, saying the agreement was "disadvantageous to the United States to the exclusive benefits of other countries". In 2017, global mean sea level was 77mm (or 3in) above the 1993 average, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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