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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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 JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE did not respond to the questionnaire, Scientific American said.