Stacking Cabinet with Deniers, Trump Says 'Nobody Really Knows' on Climate
Capping off a week that saw him nominate a known climate skeptic to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and put forth a fossil fuel CEO as potential secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump said in a Sunday interview that "nobody really knows" if climate change is real.
Trump has filled every position of power with fossil fuel industry allies who have years of experience in undermining government efforts to slow human-caused global warming.
However, it’s difficult to imagine that Ivanka’s influence on the president can outweigh the direct actions of the climate foes who he has appointed to powerful government positions, especially since she’s new to government and policy debates.
Obviously her counsel to date hasn't stopped Trump from continuing to make these nightmarish appointments.
While a recent Pew poll showed fewer than a quarter of Republican respondents believe climate change to be the result of human activity, the same survey found widespread, bipartisan report for expansion of wind and solar industries.
It also found that most Republicans (69 percent among moderate or liberal Republicans and 48 percent of conservative Republicans) say climate scientists should have a major role in policy decisions related to the climate.