Trump: Climate change science still needs to be 'investigated'

Trump: Climate change science still needs to be 'investigated'
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE said there is still a lot about climate change that needs to be investigated.

Responding to a questionnaire from Scientific American and numerous scientific organizations, Trump repeated his doubt about climate change, putting quotes around the term and saying that the country’s limited resources should probably go somewhere other than fighting it.

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“There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change,’” he wrote.

He then wrote that the country’s limited money should “perhaps” go to other causes, like ensuring clean water, fighting malaria, feeding a growing population or even reducing the need for fossil fuels.

“Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels,” he said. “We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.”

Later, on the topic of scientific integrity, Trump wrote that “science is science and facts are facts.” He promised “total transparency and accountability without political bias” in his administration’s scientific endeavors.

Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE, by contrast, said the science is “crystal clear” that climate change “is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time and its impacts are already being felt at home and around the world.”

She repeated her previous campaign pledges to set a goal of getting half the country’s electricity from clean sources, install 500 million solar panels and cut energy waste and oil use by a third each.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein called climate change the “greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced” and reiterated her pledges, including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonTrump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump Progressive Democrats' turnout plans simply don't add up MORE did not respond to the questionnaire, Scientific American said.