Donald Trump Has Got A New Energy Adviser And He Does Not Believe In Climate Change [Video]

Ayush Adhikari

Donald Trump has recruited Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota as his new adviser. And like majority of republicans, Cramer, who serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is also a climate change skeptic.

Trump campaign detailed that Cramer will step into his role by preparing two papers on energy policy in the coming months. And after that, hypothetically, he would be a leading candidate for Secretary of Energy in a Trump administration, Slate reported.

HIATT: Last one: You think climate change is a real thing? Is there human-caused climate change?
TRUMP: I think there's a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I'm not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes—if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don't know if they have global warming. They call it all sorts of different things; now they're using "extreme weather" I guess more than any other phrase. I am not—I know it hurts me with this room, and I know it's probably a killer with this room—but I am not a believer. Perhaps there's a minor effect, but I'm not a big believer in man-made climate change.
"Global warming isn't real because I was cold today! Also great news: World hunger is over because I just ate."

First Trump starts, "I think there's a change in weather," and then repeats "There is certainly a change in weather." Apparently he is unaware of the fact that the weather changes all the time, sometimes in a matter of hours, and indeed that is a defining characteristic of weather. One day it rains, the next day it is sunny. You'd have to be a total know-nothing to think that "a change in the weather" was in the least bit noteworthy in the climate debate, he wrote.
STROMBERG: Don't good businessmen hedge against risks, not ignore them?
TRUMP: Well I just think we have much bigger risks. I mean I think we have militarily tremendous risks. I think we're in tremendous peril. I think our biggest form of climate change we should worry about is nuclear weapons. The biggest risk to the world, to me—I know President Obama thought it was climate change—to me the biggest risk is nuclear weapons. That's—that is climate change. That is a disaster, and we don't even know where the nuclear weapons are right now. We don't know who has them. We don't know who's trying to get them. The biggest risk for this world and this country is nuclear weapons, the power of nuclear weapons.