Trump tells New York Times there is ‘some connectivity’ between humans and climate change

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President-elect Donald Trump addresses the crowd at his election night party in New York. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump told the New York Times on Tuesday that he thinks there is “some connectivity” between human activity and climate change

“Some, something,” he said, according to accounts Times editors and reporters who attended a meeting with the president-elect. “It depends on how much.”

The statement was an apparent departure from his previous sentiments, including a statement he made on Twitter in 2012 in which he called climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese.

The meeting provided some insights into Trump’s views on climate change and the Paris agreement the US signed this year to reduce carbon emissions.

Here are the key quotes we’ve seen:

Gavin Schmidt, a top climate scientist at NASA, told Business Insider earlier this month that our best science shows human activity accounts for all of the warming since the 19th century — and perhaps a bit more, because trends suggest we should be in a slow cooling period right now.

The questions Tuesday are among the first direct questions on climate change policy that Trump has faced. Critics of Trump’s previous stances on climate change might detect reason for optimism.

Trump seemed to suggest at least an openness to engaging with science and policy issues around the climate. He also suggested he might not pull out of the Paris agreement, though he didn’t lend any specifics or details.

The Trump transition website still contains a statement suggesting that current climate change policy is a “radical political agenda.” And Trump has picked Myron Ebell, a man known for denying climate change, to head his Environmental Protection Agency transition.


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