At Davos, Trump Calls Climate Scientists “Foolish Fortune Tellers”
President Donald Trump attacked climate change activists and scientists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, according to Vice.
“Fear and doubt is not a good thought process,” Trump said. “Because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism in action. But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom, and their predictions of the apocalypse.”
Trump again repeated the lie that the U.S. has “the cleanest air in the world” when his administration actively worked to make the air quality in the U.S. worse. The country ranks 10th when it comes to clean air quality, according to the Environmental Performance Index, a metric from environmental scientists at Yale and Columbia.
The president said that today’s climate scientists are repeating errors of the past when “foolish fortune tellers...predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s.”
An hour before Trump took the stage, Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swedish activist, told the world’s elite that they have done “basically nothing” to avert a climate catastrophe.
“Pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of CO2 has not reduced,” Thunberg said. “If you see it from that aspect, what has concretely been done, if you see it from a bigger perspective, basically nothing, it will require much more than this, this is just the very beginning.”
Thunberg called for the world to pay attention to the findings of the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which shows that countries must limit carbon emissions to a collective 420 gigatons in order to keep the rise in global temperatures to under 1.5 degrees.
She added that people often assume that “future generations will somehow suck hundreds of billions of tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere, even though such technology doesn’t exist yet.”
Trump appears to be one of those people, as he said, “We’re continuing to work on things that you’ll be hearing about in the near future. You’ll be hearing about it but we have found the answers to things people said would not be possible, certainly not in a very short period of time.”
Watch his speech here.