As Donald Trump says climate change is “one of the greatest con jobs ever” while pushing an extreme MAGA agenda that would gut basic environmental protections and end tax relief to lower energy costs for working families, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump thinks climate change is ‘one of the greatest con jobs ever’ – that’s rich coming from a con artist like Trump. While President Biden is spearheading an agenda to protect our energy security and create new sustainable jobs, Trump is pursuing an extreme, climate-denying platform that would gut basic environmental protections and risk industries of the future. The American people rejected Trump’s denial of reality and refusal to address climate change in 2020, and they will do it again at the ballot box this November.”

Donald Trump called climate change “one of the greatest con jobs ever” after he spent every single year in office gutting and undermining environmental protections and regulations.

Trump: “So now they called it climate change because climate change covers everything. If it gets warm, if it gets cold. Climate change is one of the greatest con jobs ever, because ‘global warming’ didn’t work.”

New York Times: “Over four years, the Trump administration dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals.”

Associated Press: “[Trump] rolled back dozens of environmental rules he considered overly burdensome on businesses. Many of the regulations were designed to protect the environment and public health, but were viewed by the Trump administration as costly and unnecessary.”

Politico: “Trump is once again seeking deep and unrealistic cuts to most federal agency budgets … The EPA’s budget would see a nearly 27 percent chop.”

Slate: “In Trump’s budget, which was also released today, the discretionary budget for the … [EPA] is cut by $2.8 billion.”

Rolling Stone: “[Trump] dismissed the idea that climate change is anything to worry about. ‘The oceans are going to rise 1/100 th of an inch in the next 300 years and it’s going to kill everybody,’ he said sarcastically. ‘It’s going create more oceanfront property, that’s what it’s going to do.’”

Forbes: “Donald Trump told host Stuart Varney that climate change is ‘a hoax.’ The former president said ‘in my opinion, you have a thing called weather, and you go up, and you go down,’ he said. ‘If you look into the 1920s, they were talking about a global freezing, okay? In other words, the globe was going to freeze.’”

Washington Post: “Trump reiterated some of his frequently repeated falsehoods and petty grievances. ‘The global warming hoax, it just never ends,’ he said. He mocked the concept of sea levels rising, disputing widely held science. ‘To which I say, great, we have more waterfront property,’ he said. ‘There was a big thing about global cooling — what will be next?’ he said. Trump said he was more concerned about ‘nuclear warming’ than global warming.”

Trump repeatedly contradicted his own administration’s findings about the threat of climate change, and even fired the scientist responsible for assessing climate change.

Axios: “Trump says he doesn’t believe his administration’s climate report”

New York Times: “Trump Administration’s Strategy On Climate: Try To Bury Its Own Scientific Report”

New York Times: “Trump Administration Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change”

“The White House has removed the scientist responsible for the National Climate Assessment, the federal government’s premier contribution to climate knowledge and the foundation for regulations to combat global warming, in what critics interpreted as the latest sign that the Trump administration intends to use its remaining months in office to continue impeding climate science and policy.”

Associated Press: “Government climate report contradicts Trump, warns of worsening US disasters”

While President Biden spearheaded the Inflation Reduction Act, Trump is pushing to repeal the signature legislation that is tackling the climate crisis. 

Financial Times: “Donald Trump would gut Joe Biden’s landmark IRA climate law if elected”

“Donald Trump is planning to gut US President Joe Biden’s landmark climate law, increase investment in fossil fuels and roll back regulations aimed at accelerating the transition to electric vehicles if he is elected next year. … The Inflation Reduction Act — the centrepiece of Biden’s economic strategy, with $369bn in tax breaks and subsidies for clean energy — would be in Trump’s crosshairs.”

CNBC: “The [Inflation Reduction Act], which President Joe Biden signed into law in August, is the most aggressive climate investment ever taken by Congress and is expected to slash the country’s planet-warming carbon emissions by about 40% this decade and move the country toward a net-zero economy by 2050.”

Bloomberg: “Between last August, when President Joe Biden’s  landmark climate bill became law, and the end of January, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in the US, according to an analysis released Monday by the nonprofit advocacy group Climate Power.”

Trump is also vowing to once again pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Biden rejoined after Trump damaged international trust in the U.S. and abdicated America’s role as a global leader in addressing climate change.

Trump: “We will again get out of Paris. … So, get those proposals ready now, because we are going to put thousands of Americans to work building the power plants, pipelines, grids, ports, refineries, and shipping terminals of tomorrow.”

NPR: “In one of his first acts in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming. … Biden’s move to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement signals to the world that the U.S. is serious about addressing climate change again, and that it will have a seat at the table when world leaders meet in Glasgow to make new climate pledges later this year.”

Politico: “The U.S. under former President Donald Trump backslid in terms of international climate leadership, essentially standing still on carbon emissions when the world drastically needed to ramp up its climate-fighting efforts.”

Reuters: “With Trump’s action, the United States will walk away from nearly every other nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century.”

Vox: “Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news … for China”

Forbes: “U.S. Withdraws From Paris Accord, Ceding Leadership To China.”

Trump is spreading climate change denialism to help his wealthy Big Oil and Gas friends.

Washington Post: “Trump rails against wind energy in fundraising pitch to oil executives”

“Former president Donald Trump repeatedly ranted about wind power during a fundraising dinner with oil and gas industry executives last week, claiming that the renewable-energy source is unreliable, unattractive and bad for the environment.

“‘I hate wind,’ Trump told the executives over a meal of chopped steak at his Mar-a-Lago Club and resort in Florida.

“Trump’s comments reveal how he is wooing potential donors with his long-standing hostility to wind farms and pledges to halt this form of renewable energy if he returns to office. His stance poses a potential threat to one of the linchpins of America’s clean-energy transition, according to more than a dozen Trump allies, energy experts and offshore wind industry officials.”

Bloomberg: “Donald Trump is the oil and gas industry’s undisputed top pick for the Republican presidential nomination as energy sector donors shower his candidacy with nearly 10 times the amount of money as they gave his challenger Nikki Haley.”

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