Trump's Climate Skepticism Ends Where His Golf Courses Begin

Thomas Schueneman

Trump claims he "doesn't see" the impacts of climate change. At the same time he works to protect his golf courses from sea level rise.

Sierra Club Executive Director: Why is Trump working to build seawalls to protect his properties if he "just doesn't see it?" 

Trump on climate disruption: “we’re not necessarily such believers”

Trump Golf course needs protection from sea level rise

Yesterday, in an interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump doubled down on his climate denial, dismissing the National Climate Assessment recently released by his own government and denying man-made climate change.

On climate Trump said, “One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.” He added, “As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it.”

Having it both ways

However, Trump is working to protect his international properties from the consequences of climate change. In 2017, Trump’s golf course in Scotland was granted permits to build two sea walls to protect the course from rising sea levels due to climate disruption.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

"We cannot afford a leader who sticks his head in the sand while people suffer the consequences. The climate assessment, put forth by Donald Trump’s own administration, makes it clearer than ever that if we don’t act now, the catastrophic effects of climate change will reshape the United States and the world to the detriment of those alive today, and for generations to come.

“Trump is ignoring the alarm bells to protect our country from climate change, yet at the same time he is building seawalls in Scotland to protect his golf course from the rising sea. Trump clearly understands the economic threat of climate disruption, at least as when it comes to his own pocketbook, but he just doesn’t care enough to protect the American people. Trump needs to pull his head out of his sand trap right now because the climate won’t give us a mulligan.”

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