The Trump White House has been eager to try to re-characterize climate change as something less than dangerous; the president himself recently said that our climate “changes both ways.” And it’s not just Trump who has been eager to reframe the issue that has become one of the major political dialogues of our era.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper where he was asked a question about climate change and he fumbled and bumbled his way through the answer.
Tapper asked bluntly, “Do you think human-induced climate emergency is a threat to the United States?” Pence spent a few minutes walking around the question before Tapper asked again, “Do you think it’s a threat? Man-made climate emergency is a threat?”
Pence waffled, “I think the answer to that is going to be based upon the science.” Tapper, doubling down, saying, “The science says ‘yes.'”
The vice president spent a few minutes again trying to move the conversation to utility prices or the Democrats, but Tapper wouldn’t move, instead continuing to ask if Pence believes that climate change is a “threat.”
Finally, Pence said, “America has the cleanest air and water in the world.” Again, Tapper caught him in a lie, rebutting, “That’s not true, we don’t have the cleanest air and water in the world.”
Here’s a clip of that conversation:
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The Trump administration has done a lot to try to hide any evidence of climate change or even deny its existence.
The Department of Agriculture recently buried studies on climate change and after Trump came into the Oval Office, mentions of climate change were wiped from the White House website. Of course, the most famous move this administration has made to walk back any progress made on climate change was pulling out of the Paris Climate Deal.