As President Trump moved to halt federal efforts against global warming on Tuesday, he avoided an important phrase: climate change.
It was the same story during his campaign for president. Trump rarely mentioned it.
When he pledged last May to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty, a pact among nearly every nation on Earth to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, it was one of the few occasions when Trump broached the topic.
Trump’s muted approach made political sense. To reject science is to risk alienating millions of moderate voters who support action to stop global warming.
But before Trump started running for president, he often bluntly attacked climate science. Some highlights from his Twitter feed:
In the 1920's people were worried about global cooling--it never happened. Now it's global warming. Give me a break!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2012
We can't destroy the competitiveness of our factories in order to prepare for nonexistent global warming. China is thrilled with us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2012
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
They changed the name from “global warming” to “climate change” after the term global warming just wasn’t working (it was too cold)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2013
Another freezing day in the Spring - what is going on with "global warming"? Good move changing the name to "climate change" - sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2013
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2013
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2013
We should be focusing on beautiful, clean air & not on wasteful & very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit! China & others are hurting our air— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2013
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
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2013
The con artists changed the name from GLOBAL WARMING to CLIMATE CHANGE when GLOBAL WARMING was no longer working and credibility was lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2013
NBC News just called it the great freeze - coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2014
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 $$$$!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2014
Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air - not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014