Tells Fox News "I believe strongly in clean energy, in conserving energy, all of that--more than anybody..."
Just two days after he told 500 members of his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York that Al Gore should be stripped of his Nobel Prize, Donald Trump spoke via telephone with Fox News' Neil Cavuto to clarify his remarks on global warming and Al Gore. When given the chance to clear the air with Gore and even to sound more knowledgeable on the subject, Trump instead dug himself even deeper. (See video below)
Trump began by restating his position on global warming, citing local weather events as reason to disprove global warming trends. "I have friends in Europe, they're freezing, it's so cold, it's never been colder."
Trump then went on showing that he clearly has no grasp of the science behind climate change whatsoever, conflating the problem of the hole in the ozone layer with climate change. "But to think you can't use hairspray in your bathroom because you it's gonna destroy the ozone, I mean, give me a break."
When offered an opportunity to recant his remarks about Gore, Trump waffled for a bit, ultimately falling back on his original position that we shouldn't take any steps to address climate change because it'll put us at a competitive disadvantage.
Fox News' Neil Cavuto then asked, sort of, "You have said, that given the cold weather we've been experiencing, I don't know whether you were kidding or not but Al Gore, maybe the Nobel Committee should rethink that prize for him?"
"Well no, I was just using that as an example. I like Al Gore, he's a nice man, but you [he] got the Nobel Prize for something I don't think he should have gotten the Nobel prize for, and I said that tongue in cheek, I said that sarcastically, and it was picked up as though it were, obviously, you're not taking it back. But certainly, you know, you just have to look at what's happening throughout the world, it's crazy."
Yes, just look at what's happening throughout the world: Average global temperatures in January were the fourth warmest on record.
Crazy indeed, Mr. Trump.