GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump met with the  The Washington Post’s editorial board on Monday. For a full hour he spilled all sorts of nonsensical gibberish in his typical fashion: dodging questions and roll-out. Typically, you shouldn’t care what Mr. Trump has to say but oddly enough way too many people are actually tuning in and, more startling, agree with him. Trump is currently leading the Republican GOP race, with almost 300 delegates more than his closest competitor, Ted Cruz. As such, I think it’s important to understand how the potential president of the United States (let that sink in…) sees science policy and climate change.

Donald Trump

Photo: Gage Skidmore // Wikimedia Commons

Here are just a couple of Trump’s tweets with no comment.

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Speaking to the WP, Drumpf reiterated his ignorance on climate change. When asked about the risks of climate change, Trump said that what we “should worry about is nuclear weapons.” 

FRED HIATT, WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: You think climate change is a real thing? Is there human-caused climate change?

DONALD TRUMP: I think there’s a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes – if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming. They call it all sorts of different things; now they’re using “extreme weather” I guess more than any other phrase. I am not – I know it hurts me with this room, and I know it’s probably a killer with this room – but I am not a believer. Perhaps there’s a minor effect, but I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.

STEPHEN STROMBERG, EDITORIAL WRITER: Don’t good businessmen hedge against risks, not ignore them?

DONALD TRUMP: Well I just think we have much bigger risks. I mean I think we have militarily tremendous risks. I think we’re in tremendous peril. I think our biggest form of climate change we should worry about is nuclear weapons. The biggest risk to the world, to me – I know President Obama thought it was climate change – to me the biggest risk is nuclear weapons. That’s – that is climate change. That is a disaster, and we don’t even know where the nuclear weapons are right now. We don’t know who has them. We don’t know who’s trying to get them. The biggest risk for this world and this country is nuclear weapons, the power of nuclear weapons.


And millions of Americans want to give this guy the launch codes? 

It’s worth noting that no GOP candidate left in the race right now openly acknowledges the perils of climate change.