This week in climate change, Donald Trump dominated the news.
The GOP frontrunner sat for a foreign policy interview with the New York Times, and while the paper did not specifically address the issue of climate change, Trump reiterated a common refrain from his campaign.
“When people talk global warming,” Trump said. “I say the global warming that we have to be careful of is the nuclear global warming.”
He made a similar comment to the Washington Post editorial board last week.
In other Trump news, he gave a firm “no” to a question survey issued by the American Energy Alliance, which asked: “Do you support a carbon tax?” He also indicated his opposition to using the social cost of carbon in calculation of cost-benefit analysis for federal rulemakings, but did not elaborate beyond his one-word response in either instance.
Trump was also asked whether he would support an eventual end to all energy subsidies, to which he responded:
“This is an issue for Congress and the people they represent. Subsidies distort markets and should be used only when national security is at stake. Eventually, all subsidies should end so that the demand for energy will set prices, allow consumers access to the best values and encourage all facets of the energy industry to do all they can to keep their particular source competitive.”
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