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Trump says, “Science is science and facts are facts,” and explains his “facts” on climate change.

ScienceDebate.org gave Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein a 20-question survey on scientific topics ranging from climate change to space exploration.

Out of context, a few of Trump’s answers sound suspiciously pro-reality for a candidate who’s called climate change a “hoax.”

“My administration will ensure that there will be total transparency and accountability without political bias,” is his promise on ensuring scientific integrity.

But in another part of the questionnaire, Trump says: “There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change.’” (Scare quotes his.)

Trump gave one of his most open-ended answers yet, suggesting “perhaps” we should reduce our dependence on fossil fuels:

Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water. Perhaps we should focus on eliminating lingering diseases around the world like malaria. Perhaps we should focus on efforts to increase food production to keep pace with an ever-growing world population. Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels.

Perhaps Trump should take his own advice, and acknowledge what the science is telling us.