Book Trump Plans To Read On 'Climate Change' Is Actually A Book About Himself
Aaron Rupar on Twitter
“Trump says he doesn't think global warming is a hoax (contradicting many of his past statements), then adds, "I want clear air, clean water" (which are not related to global warming) https://t.co/ZgJyDLXOUy”
President Donald Trump said during a White House event this week that he intends to read a book about climate change, which he said is not “hoax” but a “very serious subject,” according to Vox.
And to show the world how seriously he takes the matter, Trump announced he has a book he would like to read that also claims he is an environmentalist.
“Nothing’s a hoax. Nothing’s a hoax about that. It’s a very serious subject. I want clean air. I want clean water. I want the cleanest air, I want the cleanest water,” Trump said. “The environment is very important to me. Someone wrote a book that I’m an environmentalist ... I’d like to get it. I have it in the other office. I’ll bring it to my next news conference perhaps.”
The president then qualified his remarks by saying he does not want to interfere too much with the energy industry: “I don’t want to close up our industry because somebody said, you know, you have to go with wind ... or something else that’s not going to have the capacity.”
But back to the book.
New York Times climate change reporter Lisa Friedman asked a much-needed follow-up question of the White House: Exactly which book does Trump plan to read?
“It turns out the volume in question is literally titled Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero,” Vox reported, based on Friedman’s excellent sleuthing, and “it was written by Ed Russo, who worked as a consultant for Trump’s business.”
Lisa Friedman on Twitter
“White House confirmation - the book Trump intends to read is indeed 'Donald J. Trump: An Environmental Hero,' by Ed Russo https://t.co/BRkzI0rpC2”
Vox noted that the Amazon summary of Russo’s book claims it “chronicles his time as an environmental advisor for Trump and his many business interests,” and “reveals a much different portrait of the Republican presidential nominee than what many see on television or the Internet. He details a man truly invested in environmental protection and ready to hire experts to carry out his vision.”
So to recap: Trump now apparently believes that climate change is not a hoax; to prove it, he professed his love for clean air and water (which are not directly related to climate change); and to beef up his knowledge on climate change, he plans to read an environmental book about himself.