Donald Trump on Global Warming

Quotes by Donald Trump on Global Warming


2009 - 2016
2010 - 2020

Donald Trump on Global Warming Then
Donald Trump on Global Warming Now

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Quotes by Donald Trump on Global Warming


2009 - 2016

Donald Trump on Global Warming Then

“Dear President Obama & the United States Congress,

“Tomorrow leaders from 192 countries will gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to determine the fate of our planet.

“As business leaders we are optimistic that President Obama is attending Copenhagen with emissions targets. Additionally, we urge you, our government, to strengthen and pass United States legislation, and lead the world by example. We support your effort to ensure meaningful and effective measures to control climate change, an immediate challenge facing the United States and the world today. Please don’t postpone the earth. If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.

“We recognize the key role that American innovation and leadership play in stimulating the worldwide economy. Investing in a Clean Energy Economy will drive state-of-the-art technologies that will spur economic growth, create new energy jobs, and increase our energy security all while reducing the harmful emissions that are putting our planet at risk. We have the ability and the know-how to lead the world in clean energy technology to thrive in a global market and economy. But we must embrace the challenge today to ensure that future generations are left with a safe planet and a strong economy.

“Please allow us, the United States of America, to serve in modeling the change necessary to protect humanity and our planet.”

In partnership,
Dozens of business leaders including Donald Trump. (Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump were also signatories.)
- Dec 6, 2009

Text from full-page ad in the The New York Times

New York Times (via, Dec 6, 2009
NYT Ad Dec. 2009 Re Climate Change with DJ Trump and Family as Signer

(retrieved 1/19/19)
“I did not. I did not. I do not say global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.”
- Sept 26, 2016

First 2016 Presidential Debate

Washington Post, - Sept 26, 2016
The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

(retrieved 6/19/18)
starts at beginning

“I have an open mind to global warming. We’re going to look very carefully… I have a very open mind. And I’m going to study a lot of the things that happened on it and we’re going to look at it very carefully. But I have an open mind… I have a totally open mind… I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know… I absolutely have an open mind… I think there is some connectivity [between human activity and global warming]. There is some, something. It depends on how much… So I’m going to be studying that very hard.”
- Nov 23, 2016

New York Times, Nov 23, 2016
Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript

(retrieved 6/19/18)

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2010 - 2020

Donald Trump on Global Warming Now
“With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore. Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally noncompetitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.”
Feb 2010 -

Page Six (New York Post), Feb 14, 2010
Trump cool to global warming ❲sic❳

(retrieved 12/1/18)
“It snowed over 4 inches this past weekend in New York City. It is still October. So much for Global Warming.”
“Newly released emails prove that scientists have manipulated data on global warming. The data is unreliable.”
“Global warming has been proven to be a canard repeatedly over and over again.”
“Waste!@BarackObama is sending $770M overseas ‘to fight global warming'”
“In the 1920’s people were worried about global cooling–it never happened. Now it’s global warming. Give me a break!”
“Reckless! Why is @BarackObama wasting over $70 Billion on ‘climate change activities?’ Will he ever learn?”
“Let’s continue to destroy the competitiveness of our factories & manufacturing so we can fight mythical global warming. China is so happy!”
“Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data which is proven by the emails that were leaked”
“It’s extremely cold in NY & NJ—not good for flood victims. Where is global warming?”
“We can’t destroy the competitiveness of our factories in order to prepare for nonexistent global warming. China is thrilled with us!”
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
“In the 1950’s our climate was far more unstable than it has been over the last 5 years.”
“It’s freezing and snowing in New York–we need global warming!”
“The World Bank is tying poverty to ‘climate change’… And we wonder why international organizations are ineffective.”
“It is snowing in Jerusalem and across Lebanon. Global warming!”
“The freezing cold weather across the country is brutal. Must be all that global warming.”
“It’s snowing & freezing in NYC. What the hell ever happened to global warming?”
“Looks like the U.S. will be having the coldest March since 1996-global warming anyone?????????”
“It’s springtime and it just started snowing in NYC. What is going on with global warming?”
“They changed the name from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ after the term global warming just wasn’t working (it was too cold)!”
“UK is freezing through longest & coldest winter in over 50 years… Where’s the global warming?”
“Another freezing day in the Spring – what is going on with ‘global warming’? Good move changing the name to ‘climate change’ – sad!”
“It’s freezing in New York—where the hell is global warming?”
“Wrong, used to be called global warming and when that name didn’t work, they deftly changed it to climate change-because it’s freezing!”
“The Chinese talk of climate change and carbon footprint but don’t clean up their factories-but they sell us the equipment to clean up ours!”
“No melting of ice caps in the degree that global warming predicted. On the contrary increased ice in Antarctica”
“Snow and freezing weather all over mid-section of Country. Global warming specialists better start thinking fast!”
“32º in New York – it’s freezing! Where the hell is global warming when you need it?”
“It’s freezing outside, where the hell is ‘global warming’??”
“It’s called ‘climate change’. No, they changed it to ‘climate change’ when ‘global warming’ wasn’t working anymore-too cold!”
“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!”
“We are being embarrassed by Russia and China on Snowden (and much more) yet Obama is talking about global warming on Tuesday.”
Obama’s speech on climate change was scary. It will lower our standard of living and raise costs of fuel & food for everyone.”
China loved Obama’s climate change speech yesterday. They laughed! It hastens their takeover of us as the leading world economy.”
“For the disciples of global warming, in 150 summers (years) there have been 20 heat waves as bad or worse than current-this has happened b4!”
“Surprise? 1970’s global cooling alarmists were pushing same no-growth liberal agenda as today’s global warming”
“So much for ‘global warming.’ Earth is cooling at a record pace”
“Where’s the global warming? 2013 was one of the least extreme years in weather on record”
“I wonder if the Rutgers coach who had the audacity to yell at the player is a proponent of global warming?”
“Snow and ice, freezing weather, in Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma – what the hell is going on with GLOBAL WARMING?”
“The people that gave you global warming are the same people that gave you ObamaCare!”
“They changed the name global warming to climate change because the concept of global warming just wasn’t working!”
“The least number of hurricanes in the U.S. in decades. So they change global warming (too cold) to climate change-now what will they call it”
“Denver, Minnesota and others are bracing for some of the coldest weather on record. What are the global warming geniuses saying about this?”
“Wow, record setting cold temperatures throughout large parts of the country. Must be global warming, I mean climate change!”
“The problem w/ the concept of ‘global warming’ is that the U.S. is spending a fortune on ‘fixing it’ while China & others do nothing!”
“Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”
“We should be focused on magnificently clean and healthy air and not distracted by the expensive hoax that is global warming!”
“This is one of the COLDEST WINTERS ever, freezing all over the country for long periods of time! So much for GLOBAL WARMING.”
“Wow, it’s snowing in Isreal [sic] and on the pyramids in Egypt. Are we still wasting billions on the global warming con?”
“59% of the United States, by area, is now covered in snow-highest % in many years. The ‘global warming’ name isn’t working anymore-SORRY!”
“They call it “climate change” now because the words ‘global warming’ didn’t work anymore. Same people fighting hard to keep it all going!”
“We should be focusing on beautiful, clean air & not on wasteful & very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit! China & others are hurting our air”
“Wow, just in-John Beale, the top person in government on climate change (EPA), is a total fraud, and just admitted it! What can they say now”
“The coolest story is that John Beale, the man who headed up CLIMATE CHANGE for the government, is a proven con man and total phoney.”
“It is really too bad that the scientists studying GLOBAL WARMING in Antarctica got stuck on their icebreaker because of massive ice and cold”
“The rescue icebreaker, trying to free the ship of the GLOBAL WARMING scientists, has turned back-the ice is massive (a record). IRONIC!”
“The global warming scientists don’t want to be airlifted off the ship-they are having too much fun and that is too simple a solution-FAME!”
“Temperature at record lows in many parts of the country. 50 degrees below zero with wind chill in large area. Global warming folks iced in!”
“What the hell is going on with GLOBAL WARMING. The planet is freezing, the ice is building and the G.W. scientists are stuck-a total con job”
“This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice”
“Record snowfall & freezing temps throughout the country. Where is Global Warming when you need it?!”
“Antarctic ice shelf melt ‘lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it‘”
“This whole global warming hoax… It’s a hoax.”
Jan 6, 2014 -

Fox and Friends interview

Fox News (via Media Matters), Jan. 6, 2014
Fox Regular Donald Trump Decries Climate Change 'Hoax'

(retrieved 6/19/18)
“We are experiencing the coldest weather in more than two decades-most people never remember anything like this. GLOBAL WARMING anyone?”
“Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?”
“Don’t forget. ‘Global warming’ can also mean earth is getting colder! That way they cover both sides of the fence!”
“Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!”
“With one of the worst and most prolonged cold spells in history, with Atlanta, Texas and parts of Florida freezing- Global Warming anyone?”
“Global warming is an expensive hoax!”
“Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air – not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.”
Obama said in his SOTU that ‘global warming is a fact.’ Sure, about as factual as ‘if you like your healthcare, you can keep it.'”
“Massive record setting snowstorm and freezing temperatures in U.S. Smart that GLOBAL WARMING hoaxsters changed name to CLIMATE CHANGE! $$$$”
“When will our country stop wasting money on global warming and so many other truly ‘STUPID’ things”
“Secretary of State John Kerry just stated that the most dangerous weapon of all today is climate change. Laughable”
“It’s not climate change, it’s global warming. Don’t let the dollar sucking wiseguys change names midstream because the first name didn’t work”
“Don’t let the GLOBAL WARMING wiseguys get away with changing the name to CLIMATE CHANGE because the FACTS do not let GW tag to work anymore!”
“Whether Global Warming or Climate change. The fact is We didn’t cause it. We cannot change it.”
“Climate change allows them to stay on the gravy train whatever happens.”
“Congrats to Charles @krauthammer for his statements on climate change, formerly known as global warming!”
“Baltimore just set a record for the coldest day in March in a long recorded history – 4 degrees. Other places likewise. Global warming con!”
“In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history – we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!”
Russia is on the move in the Ukraine, Iran is nuking up & Libya is run by Al Qaeda, yet Obama is busy issuing ‘climate change’ warnings.”
“The global warming we should be worried about is the global warming caused by NUCLEAR WEAPONS in the hands of crazy or incompetent leaders!”
“The man made ‘climate change’ that our ‘great’ president should be focused on is of the NUCLEAR variety brought upon us because of weakness!”
“I wonder if when Secy. Kerry goes to Iraq and Afghanistan he pushes hard for them to look at GLOBAL WARMING and study the carbon footprint?”
“Record cold temperatures in July – 20 to 30 degrees colder than normal. What the hell happened to GLOBAL WARMING?”
“They only changed the term to CLIMATE CHANGE when the words GLOBAL WARMING didn’t work anymore. Come on people, get smart!”
“The only global warming that people should be concerned with is the global warming caused by nuclear weapons because of our weak U.S. leader”
“‘@devhop: @realDonaldTrump they renamed it Climate Change so it could be devastating either way the temperature goes.'”
“Tremendous cold wave hits large part of U.S. Lucky they changed the name from global warming to climate change – G.W. just doesn’t work!”
“It’s late in July and it is really cold outside in New York. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING??? We need some fast! It’s now CLIMATE CHANGE”
“Windmills are the greatest threat in the US to both bald and golden eagles. Media claims fictional ‘global warming’ is worse.”
“Great article on so-called climate change, formerly known as global warming.”
“As ISIS and Ebola spread like wildfire, the Obama administration just submitted a paper on how to stop climate change (aka global warming).”
“Just out – the POLAR ICE CAPS are at an all time high, the POLAR BEAR population has never been stronger. Where the hell is global warming?”
“The entire country is FREEZING – we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high.”
“Just like Jonathan Gruber viciously lied & called Americans ‘stupid’ on ObamaCare, many consultants are doing the same on Global Warming.”
“There are many Jonathan Gruber types selling the global warming ‘stuff’ – and they really do believe the American public is stupid.”
“For those that constantly say that ‘global warming’ is now ‘climate change’—they changed the name. The name global warming wasn’t working”
“It’s record cold all over the country and world – where the hell is global warming, we need some fast!”
“Where the hell is global warming when you need it?”
“Record low temperatures and massive amounts of snow. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING?”
“Wow, 25 degrees below zero, record cold and snow spell. Global warming anyone?”
“Among the lowest temperatures EVER in much of the United States. Ice caps at record size. Changed name from GLOBAL WARMING to CLIMATE CHANGE”
“Record setting cold and snow, ice caps massive! The only global warming we should fear is that caused by nuclear weapons – incompetent pols.”
“Two Canadian Coast Guard ships sent to rescue U.S. freighter stuck in ice. #globalwarming? @algore”
“I’m not a believer in global warming. I’m not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it’s going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling… They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it’s global warming… But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we’re doing to solve a problem that I don’t think in any major fashion exists.”
Sept 21, 2015 -

Interview with Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt Show, Sept. 21, 2015
Donald Trump Returns

(retrieved 6/19/18)
“I believe in clean air. Immaculate air. But I don’t believe in climate change.”
Sept 24, 2015 -

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 24, 2015
Donald Trump: 'I Don’t Believe in Climate Change'

(retrieved 6/19/18)
President Obama was terrible on @60Minutes tonight. He said CLIMATE CHANGE is the most important thing, not all of the current disasters!”
“It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”
“[President Obama is] worried about global warming, which a lot of people think is a hoax… And you know what I want to do? I want really immaculate air. I want clean, crystal water… But global warming – you noticed they changed the name – they go global warming, they go climate change, they go – now I hear a lot of extreme weather. How can you miss with extreme weather, right? If it’s cold, it’s okay. If it’s hot, it’s okay. If it’s windy, if it’s hot – everything is extreme. So now they use extreme weather. It is a disgrace what’s going on. And to have this man embarrass us by standing up and saying that global warming is our biggest threat, we got to get him out so fast and thank goodness we only have a year left.”
Dec 3, 2015 -

Factbase, Dec 3, 2015
Speech: Donald Trump in Washington, DC - December 3, 2015

(retrieved 9/18/19)

“So Obama‘s talking about all of this with the global warming and the — a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it…

“So Obama‘s always talking about the global warming, that global warming is our biggest and most dangerous problem, OK? No, no, think of it. I mean, even if you’re a believer in global warming, ISIS is a big problem, Russia‘s a problem, China‘s a problem. We’ve got a lot of problems. By the way, the maniac in North Korea is a problem. He actually has nuclear weapons, right? That’s a problem.”
Dec 30, 2015 -

Campaign rally in Hilton Head, South Carolina

C-SPAN, Dec 30, 2015
Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Hilton Head, South Carolina

(retrieved 6/19/18)
“I think that climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I’d be — received environmental awards.”
Jan 18, 2016 -

Fox News, Jan 18, 2016
Donald Trump slams Iran deal

(retrieved 6/19/18)
“I might have [called climate change a hoax] because when I look at some of the things that are going on — in fact, if you look at what was happening in Europe a few years ago where people were sending out emails, scientists practically calling it a hoax, and they were laughing at it, so yeah I probably did
“They’re saying manmade and I say it could have a minor impact but nothing, nothing to what they are talking about.”
July 26, 2016 -

Fox News (via Grist), July 27, 2016
Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump chat about the end of the world

(retrieved 9/12/19)
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord… but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers. So we’re getting out. But we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.”
June 1, 2017 -

White House, June 1, 2017
Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

(retrieved 10/21/18)
“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
“I’ve studied millions of years of history, and you [Congressional Rep Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)] have nothing to worry about [with respect to global warming in Florida].”
Apr 19, 2018 -

E&E News, Sept 16, 2020
'It's a setback.' Trump's climate denials worry Republicans

(retrieved 9/16/20)
“I think something’s happening [with climate change]. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man made… You don’t know whether or not [Greenland ice melting and rising sea levels] would have happened with or without man. You don’t know… We have scientists that disagree with [climate scientists at NOAA and NASA]

I’m not denying climate change. But it could very well go back. You know, we’re talkin’ about over a millions of years. They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael. [Climate] scientists… have a very big political agenda, Lesley.
Oct 11, 2018 -

“What I’m not willing to do is sacrifice the economic well-being of our country for something that nobody really knows. And you have scientists on both sides of the issue. And I agree the climate changes, but it goes back and forth, back and forth. So we’ll see. I mean, you know, I am a person that believes very, very strongly in the environment. I am truly an environmentalist…

“I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.”
Oct 17, 2018 -

Associated Press, Oct 18, 2018
Read the transcript of AP’s interview with President Trump

(retrieved 10/21/18)
“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
“I’ve seen it [the latest report from International Panel on Climate Change], I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine… I don’t believe it [the conclusion that climate change ‘could be devastating’ for the economy]… No. No. I don’t believe it.”
Nov 26, 2018 -

White House, Nov 26, 2018
Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

(retrieved 12/1/18)
“Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!”
“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming [sic]? Please come back fast, we need you!”
“Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”
“[With respect to what the world should be doing about climate change] I feel the US has tremendous wealth… I’m not going to lose that wealth on dreams, on windmills – which, frankly, aren’t working too well… I think I know more about the environment than most.”
Aug 26, 2019 -

Blomberg, Aug 26, 2019
Trump Says He’s Unwilling to Risk U.S. Energy Wealth for Windmill ‘Dreams’

(retrieved Aug 27, 2019)
quote starts at beginning
“It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch… I don’t think science knows, actually.”
Sept 14, 2020 -

White House, Sept 14, 2020
Remarks by President Trump in a Briefing on Wildfires | McClellan Park, CA

(retrieved 9/14/20)
quote starts at 0:21

“The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations.”

– U.S. Department of Defense, January 20191Dept of Defense, Jan 2019
Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the
Department of Defense

retrieved 2/15/19

In May, 2016, Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Enterprises Ltd petitioned Irish government authorities to build a coastal barrier to protect Donald Trump‘s golf course at Doughmore Bay, Ireland. The petition included an environmental impact statement submitted on behalf of Trump’s company by an environmental consultancy firm that cited rising sea levels and stronger storms due to global warming as partial justification for the barrier. (As of December, 2018 construction of the barrier has not begun because of legal challenges.)2Snopes, Dec 10, 2018
Did Donald Trump Acknowledge the Threat of Climate Change to His Irish Golf Course?
retrieved 1/21/19