Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner who has called global warming a hoax, says climate change is causing rising sea levels to damage his Irish golf club, and he needs a wall stop the rising flood waters.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee filed a permit application for a two-mile stone wall between his seaside resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, and the Atlantic Ocean.
The permit specifically cites global warming and rising sea levels as the reason the beach in front of the resort is disappearing at the rate of about a yard each year. An environmental impact report attached to the permit application says almost all of Ireland’s sand dunes are retreating because of rising sea levels and an increased number of super storms.
The application brings into question the Republican front-runner’s public political stance that climate change and its consequences are fake pseudo-science as former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis told Politico.
“It’s diabolical. Donald Trump is working to insure his at-risk properties and his company is trying to figure out how to deal with sea level rise. Meanwhile, he’s saying things to audiences that he must know are not true. … You have a soft place in your heart for people who are honestly ignorant, but people who are deceitful, that’s a different thing.”
Environmental advocates were quick to criticize Donald Trump for moving to insure his own property while at the same time telling the world there was no cause for concern, as Sierra Club spokesman Adam Beitman told the Washington Times.
“Donald Trump clearly cares more about the fate of his golf courses than the health of the millions of families already affected by the climate crisis.”
Trump, who has made a successful campaign out of hate, fear, and brash political promises has repeatedly used Twitter to reject the science of climate change and its devastating effects.
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
“The entire country is FREEZING – we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high.”
Trump was able to purchase the Irish golf resort in 2014 after an unusually brutal winter with a number of severe storms that rocked the island and damaged seafront property. After the purchase, Donald immediately applied for permits to build coastal walls to protect his expensive investment, but so far, he’s been unsuccessful at obtaining the necessary permission.
As part of his latest attempt to convince the local planning commission to allow construction of a two-mile long coastal wall built from 200,000 tons of rock, Trump submitted a statement arguing beach erosion is likely to get worse as climate change worsens.
The environmental impact report cites an Irish scientific study researching the rate of beach erosion as sea levels continue to rise from climate change, according to Politico.
“It is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.”
The report goes on to state that since the devastating effects of climate change are expected to increase drastically, doing nothing would be the worst course of action. With time to plan, the impact report says landowners can build coastal walls and other improvements that will mitigate the damage caused by rising sea levels and super storms.
That time to plan, however, is something Trump is denying the American people and the rest of the world as he continues to deny the existence of climate change and its devastating effects.
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