Pompeo: 'Lots of ways' to address climate change

Pompeo: 'Lots of ways' to address climate change
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE said there are "lots of ways" to address climate change and was confident the administration would find the means to do so.

“We will do the things necessary as the climate changes,” Pompeo said in an interview with The Washington Times published Friday.

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But he appeared to dismiss the impacts of climate change, saying “the climate’s been changing a long time.”

“I’ve heard folks from the party [say] that I was not part of talk about ‘enormous warming and the risk of real cooling.’ Ah, the data speaks for itself,” he told the Times.

The interview with Pompeo took place during a trip to Europe where, roughly two years after President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE pulled out of the Paris climate deal, leaders are still infuriated with the White House about its environmental policy.

Pompeo slammed the deal as a “failure,” saying it was “aspirational” and that “enforcement mechanisms were near nonexistent.”

Though Pompeo appeased some Democrats last year during his confirmation hearing by saying “the climate is changing, there’s a warming taking place,” he took thousands of dollars from the oil and natural gas industry during his time as a congressman and has a history of questioning the impact of climate change. 

The Trump administration as a whole has faced criticism for not adequately addressing climate change.

The president said this week that the climate “changes both ways” and tweeted in 2012 that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”