President Donald Trump on Tuesday called climate change a “phony” and “phony question” and argued that the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming is settled.
The remarks come amid a heated debate over the extent to which the federal government should be involved in the fight against climate change and the role of the private sector in the effort.
Trump and his Republican rivals have said the science is settled on climate change, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the president has made no indication he plans to seek a broader role in regulating greenhouse gas pollution.
On Tuesday, Trump told a gathering of the Kansas Geological Survey that the “science is settled” on climate changes.
“The science is really settled on the fact that we are causing global warming, and we’ve had this for a long time,” Trump said.
“You see it every day.”
The president was speaking at a campaign rally for Kansas gubernatorial candidate Jason Pappas.
At least one Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley, has said he is open to a role in tackling the issue.
But Trump on Wednesday repeated his assertion that the science on climate is settled and said he believes climate change isn’t real.
“I’ve always believed in the science, I’ve always said the scientists are right,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
“But the real science is we’ve got a problem.
We’ve got to fix it.”
O’Malley’s spokeswoman, Andrea Miller, said Trump believes the science.
“While the president’s comments are certainly concerning, they do not represent his position on the science,” Miller said in a statement.
The Republican nominee also used the event to push back against the scientific community, saying he disagrees with a recent study that found global temperatures have warmed by 0.5 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years.
“I think the media has gone to extremes with their headlines, but we don’t need to go to extremes,” Trump insisted.
“You look at the number of degrees Fahrenheit, it’s the same amount of warming that’s happened in the last 50 years.”
Trump said he wants to cut emissions and is open for negotiations to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas output.
“If we can make them work, we will.
We’re going to get this done,” Trump added.
On Monday, he said he didn’t agree with the U