Trump accepts climate change when it hits his golf course
Donald Trump is pro choice, until he’s not. He’s self-funding his campaign, except when he’s taking donations. He thinks Hillary Clinton is a “terrific woman,” until he’s running against her. And he thinks climate change is a hoax, until it threatens his business.
Politico reports that the presidential hopeful has applied to build a seawall by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Ireland, citing erosion caused by “global warming and its effects.” Yes, that is the same global warming Trump is pretty sure was dreamed up by China.
Even a fellow Republican is shocked by the inconsistency.
“It’s diabolical,” former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis, who advocates for action on climate change, told Politico. “Donald Trump is working to ensure his at-risk properties and his company is trying to figure out how to deal with sea level rise. … You have a soft place in your heart for people who are honestly ignorant, but people who are deceitful, that’s a different thing.”
As for Trump’s sea wall — which would compromise 200,000 tons of rock along two miles of beach — he’s going to need it: Rising sea levels and escalating storms spell bad news for coastal sand dunes. Trump’s businesses could go the same way if they ignore climate change.
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