Donald Trump believes California farmers who say "there is no drought"

May 31, 2016 by  
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Climate denier Donald Trump makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t believe humans are contributing to climate change, calling it a ‘hoax’ proctored by the Chinese. Now he’s adding another scientific fact to the list of things he doesn’t believe in : the severe drought that has plagued California for the past five years. In a speech in Fresno on Friday, Trump claimed that a group of “50 or 60 farmers” told him, right before he took the stage, that “there is no drought.” And the Republican presidential candidate says he believes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC-W971AeF4 In the clip above, Trump recounts his conversation with farmers, saying that he asked them how bad the drought was. They told him, he says, “There is no drought, they turn the water out into the ocean.” Trump said that, after 30 minutes of discussion, he believes what the farmers told him. To be clear, Trump never actually says there is no drought, but by quoting others who have allegedly said it and saying he agrees, we can all agree that’s pretty much the same thing. Related: Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline Anyone who has been paying attention knows that he’s wrong about this. California is suffering a very real and very devastating drought. There simply isn’t “plenty of water,” as Trump quotes farmers allegedly telling him. Some 95 percent of the state is enduring drier than average conditions, and 20 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions deemed “exceptional” by the Western Regional Climate Center, which has been closely monitoring the drought for years. Even Fresno, the city in which Trump came out of the closet as a drought denier last week, is experiencing drought conditions that rank in the “extreme” to “exceptional” range. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands have turned fallow , millions of trees have lost canopy water , and rampant wildfires have raged , fueled by drier than normal brush. Not even the wet El Niño season could provide much relief, although it has helped contribute to the snowpack in the northern part of the state. It continues to be difficult to tell whether Trump is on a mission to spread misinformation and foster distrust in science, or if the man is just very, very confused. Either way, we wonder what will he will deny next. Is gravity also a hoax, Donald? Via Slate Images via Donald J Trump/Facebook and  U.S. Drought Monitor

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Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline

May 27, 2016 by  
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This week, Donald Trump became the presumed Republican nominee in the race to the White House, and almost immediately outlined an energy plan that could radically change the course of history . Speaking at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota on Thursday, Trump promised to withdraw the U.S. from the COP21 climate agreement , open up Atlantic offshore oil drilling, and welcome the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline . Effectively, Trump would reverse many key decisions made in recent years to protect the environment, and invite destruction, all in the pursuit of profit. Embed from Getty Images Trump’s energy policy was shaped largely by the advice of Kevin Cramer, a U.S. representative from North Dakota, who addressed the crowd before Trump took the stage, along with oil tycoon Harold Hamm. The presidential hopeful also cozied up to Hamm during his speech, whose advice also contributed to his hazardous energy policy. Trump, a longtime believer that manmade climate change is a “hoax,” didn’t mention those feelings in his speech, but he didn’t have to. Related: Trump taps climate denier, fossil fuels advocate as energy adviser With regard to the COP21 climate deal, Trump promised to reverse President Obama’s commitment, saying instead that he will only work with “environmentalists whose only agenda is protecting nature” and to “focus on real environmental challenges, not the phony ones.” Those comments make it clear that Trump distrusts the mounting scientific evidence about the human origins of climate change , as well as the goals agreed on by 195 national leaders from around the globe. Via The Guardian Images via Donald J. Trump/Facebook

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