In response to recent efforts to ratify the Paris Climate Accord before the end of the year, the campaign of Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement, mostly swiping at the international negotiations and the current administration’s policies. But their statement concluded with the following position on climate science:
“As our nation considers these issues, Mr. Trump and Gov. Pence appreciate that many scientists are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions. We need America’s scientists to continue studying the scientific issues but without political agendas getting in the way. We also need to be vigilant to defend the interests of the American people in any efforts taken on this front.”
Trump has said he “not a great believer in man-made climate change,” a position Pence backed away from last week. He also wrote in response to a questionnaire issued by scientific organizations that “There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change.'” Meanwhile, his campaign has packed its staff and transition team with climate deniers.