China Responds To Trumps Allegations of Inventing Climate Change
It is no secret how the turnout of the recent presidential elections have some sectors nervous for their futures. The president-elect, Donald Trump, has made very damning statements about a slew of different fields before and during his campaign. Arguably, scientists championing projects geared towards alleviating the effects of climate change are amongst the most worried for the future of their projects.
In the past, the upcoming commander-in-chief has expressed his doubt over the legitimacy of climate change a s a global issue. Almost exactly four years ago in 2012 on his official Twitter account, Donald Trump claimed that climate change is nothing more than a hoax. The magnate believes that the so-called issue is something China has invented in order to handicap the U.S. manufacturing industry.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive" read Trump's tweet.
In the light of Trump's victory, Chinese officials have since addressed his previous negative claims regarding climate change.
During the recent COP 22 Climate Conference held in Morocco, Chinese Foreign Minister, Liu Zhenmin, explained that Trump's statements are completely baseless especially considering how the U.S. spearheaded the initial efforts to combat climate change in the 1980s.
"If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s" said Liu as reported by Popular Science.
Trump has yet to address the concerns of scientists regarding his stance on climate change. Nevertheless, it is a dire issue that needs swift decisive resolution. The effects of climate change have been in the extreme in the last few years. According to NASA, sea levels have risen double in the last century, global temperature have broke all former historical records and glacial sheets amount to a fraction of what they used to be a few decades ago.