Donald Trump has famously called global warming “a total hoax.” But when it threatens one of his oceanfront golf courses, Trump sings a different tune.
We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2013
Trump has also blamed the hoax on the Chinese.
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
But according to an application filed for permission to build a seawall to protect the coastline next to one of Trump’s golf courses, global warming is real. The application cites present and future erosion of the coastline due to extreme weather and rising ocean levels as reasons for the sea wall.
In other words, as goes the coastline, so goes Trump’s oceanfront golf course.
The application was filed by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare, as cited by Ben Schreckinger on Politico.com.
While Trump denies the science as part of his political campaign, he recognizes how it affects his own private business interests.
The political rhetoric is designed to forestall government action on climate change, leaving only the wealthy prepared for the coming changes. That will give Trump’s course an advantage over other seaside resorts and golf courses that do not have protective sea walls.
Ironically, Trump needs to ask the Irish government to enable his own protection, while he argues against a coordinated, governmental plan to protect the rest of us.
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