GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, responding to a questionnaire issued by Scientific American and other science-based organizations, wrote: “There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change.'” However, he suggested that financial resources should “perhaps” be directed to other issues such as providing clean water, fighting malaria and shifting off fossil fuels.
“Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels,” he wrote. “We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.”
This week, Trump expanded his team of energy advisors. He tapped Mike Catanzaro, a former advisor to retired Speaker of the House John Boehner and Sen. James Inhofe, to lead the energy policy team established by the transition operation. In addition, Jeff Wood, a former advisor to Sen. Jeff Sessions, is now providing energy advice to the campaign. In this effort, he joins another former Inhofe staffer, former Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff director Andrew Wheeler.