US President Donald Trump, in an interview released on Sunday, seemed to acknowledge that climate change is real while still doubting whether it is caused by human activity.
“I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference,” Trump told Lesley Stahl of CBS news.
“But I don’t know that it’s man-made,” Trump added. “I will say this. I don’t wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don’t wanna be put at a disadvantage.”
The US president exhibited little confidence in experts who insist climate change is real, charging that many scientists “have a very big political agenda.”
Trump has routinely called climate change a hoax in the past.
During a spell of wintry weather in December 2013, Trump tweeted: “Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”
Trump has drawn the ire of environmental groups for his withdrawal last year from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to curb global temperature increases resulting from carbon emissions.