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Donald Trump Dismisses Reporters Blaming Global Warming for Hurricanes

16 October 2018, 08:11 | Justin Tyler

Donald Trump Dismisses Reporters Blaming Global Warming for Hurricanes

Coral which is mostly dead with a few patches of live coral seen in one of the outer reefs on the outskirts off Port Douglas in Queensland

Still, Trump told Stahl that he no longer thinks climate change is a hoax, but "I don't know that it's man-made".

So it appears that Trump, who has called climate change a hoax and nonexistent in the past, seems to have changed his tune.

"You'd have to show me the scientists, because they have a very big political agenda, Lesley", Trump said. He is scheduled on Monday to visit areas of Georgia and Florida damaged by Hurricane Michael.

At least 18 people died in the storm which has been labelled the third-strongest on record in the US.

"I am truly an environmentalist", Trump said, pointing out his love for clean air and water.

The report said keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". "I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference". But I do not know that it is man-made. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. "So we're doing really well, and I want to keep it that way", Trump said.

Mr. Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 when he sent a tweet stating, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

Just last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an arm of the United Nations, released a dire report saying that the world must limit global warming to a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, as a rise of 2 degrees as targeted by the Paris Agreement would be far more harmful and ultimately more costly.

Trump's resistance to acknowledge human-induced climate change is at odds with findings made by his own scientists at NASA and NOAA, but the president told the program he has "scientists that disagree with that".

Host Leslie Stahl and Trump then went back and forth, arguing about how much more destructive hurricanes have become, which the Donald denied. In 2017, global mean sea level was 77mm (or 3in) above the 1993 average, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report saying that we have roughly 10 years before the effects of global warming become irreversible.

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