Trump Now Believes That Manmade Climate Change Is Real

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Here’s a Donald Trump timeline on climate change:

2012: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

2014: Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air – not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.

2015: Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.

January 18, 2016: I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change.

August 11: I would say it goes up, it goes down, and I think it’s very much like this over the years. We’ll see what happens. I mean, we’ll see what happens. … Certainly, climate has changed.

September 13: There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of “climate change.”

September 26: I do not say that [climate change is a hoax].

Today: “I think there is some connectivity” between humans and climate change, Trump says.

So there you go. A year ago climate change was a hoax. Three months ago climate change had gone up and down. Two months ago it was no longer a hoax. Today it’s definitely for real and partly caused by humans.

Yet another disappointment for his fans. On the bright side, I’m sure he has no intention of actually doing anything about climate change, even if he now claims to believe in it.

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