(TNS)Â Realist:Â POTUS Donald Trump once joked during his 2016 campaign that the human-caused â€œclimate changeâ€ narrative was nothing more than a hoaxÂ created by the ChineseÂ in order to gain a competitive economic advantage over the United States.
He may have only been half-joking, though the unhinged Left, which continues to push this hoax, lost their collective minds when he said it. Why? Because every â€œsolutionâ€ to the problem offered by liberal scientists and media outlets would cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions in actual expenditures and lost revenue. And not only that, butÂ no plan offered to dateÂ would substantially reduce â€˜warming.â€™
The more American industry spends on compliance, the less competitive it is globally â€“ thus helping the Chinese economy. That said, shortly after the president took office, his Environmental Protection AgencyÂ quashed expensive new rulesÂ imposed by the Obama regime that would have greatly increased the cost of energy in our country by imposing massive regulations on power plants.
As for the issue of â€˜climate change,â€™ however, the president â€“ in a recent â€œ60 Minutesâ€ interview â€“ demonstrated that he clearly understands the issue far better than many so-called â€˜climate scientists.â€™
â€œThe mainstream media once again attempted to challenge President Donald Trump on â€˜climateÂ change,â€™ but Trump emerged unscathed by refuting typical climate claims with accurate and remarkably scientific comments in an October 14, 2018, 60 Minutes interview,â€ wrote Marc Morano atÂ Climate Depot, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).
He went on to observe that POTUS Trumpâ€™s comments on the issue were â€œscientifically, politically, and economically accurate.â€
For example, when correspondent Leslie Stahl pressed the president on the issue, he observed that he thinks â€œsomething is happening,â€ and that â€œsomethingâ€™s changingâ€ but â€œitâ€™ll change back again.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a hoax. I think thereâ€™s probably a difference,â€ he added. â€œBut I donâ€™t know that itâ€™s man-made. I will say this: I donâ€™t want to give trillions and trillions of dollarsâ€ away needlessly. â€œI donâ€™t want to lose millions and millions of jobsâ€ that would be killed off by massive new regulations that are supposedly aimed at mitigating climate change, but which wonâ€™t really do anything to stop or alter it (because itâ€™s occurring naturally).
Was POTUS Trump right in making his claims? In a word, yes.
To his claim that climate change â€œsolutionsâ€ would cost trillions,Â The Daily CallerÂ reported earlier this month that the U.N.â€™s call for companies and governments to move trillions of dollars into â€œlow-carbon energyâ€ production as a means of lowering global temperatures is â€œnot feasible,â€ environmental economist Richard Tol said.
His comments came on the heels of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report that predicted some $1.6-$3.8 trillion annually in â€œenergy system supply-side investmentsâ€ would be needed now through 2050 in order keep warming below 1.5 Celsius.
That puts the total price tag at between $51.2 trillion and $122 trillion â€“Â not doable.
Earlier, Danish author, environmentalist and political science/philosophy professor Bjorn Lomborg, in commenting about the Paris Climate Accords that POTUS Trump withdrew from were on pace to become a very expensive treaty while offering virtually no benefits in terms of reducing global temperatures.
â€œThis treaty will do very little at a very high cost,â€Â he wrote, though only wealthy nations would be paying, and the U.S. would have paid the most â€“ for an estimated reduction in temperature of less than 1 degree F.
As Morano notes, even scientists and physicists who supported Obama and the Democratic Party were not on board with his claims of doom and gloom because the real data do not support the conclusions that a) humans are causing climate change; and b) that temperatures are rising to a dangerous point.
When Stahl attempted to bring up melting ice in Greenland as â€œproofâ€ of human-caused warming, POTUS Trump responded: â€œâ€¦[Y]ou donâ€™t know whether that would have happened with or without man.Â You donâ€™t know.â€
No one does.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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