President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States’ Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, would be assuming the role of United Nations Ambassador after the resignation of her predecessor, Nikki Haley, last year.
With the appointment to such a crucial position, Craft has been the subject of greater scrutiny, and many are finding her positions on urgent issues concerning.
A recently resurfaced video of Craft discussing climate change in an interview for the news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is raising eyebrows. When asked if she believed in climate change, Craft responded:
“I believe there are sciences on both sides that are accurate…I think that both sides have their own results from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
The president's nominee for UN Ambassador discussing the "good sciences" on "both sides" of climate changehttps://t.co/F4QSVWdEUp
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 23, 2019
It should be noted that Craft’s husband is the billionaire coal mining executive, Joe Craft.
An overwhelming majority of experts believe that climate change imposed by human activity not only exists, but urgently needs to be addressed. The United Nations describes climate change as “the defining issue of our time,” with ambassadors working tirelessly to deter environmental harm across the globe.
In 2015, the United Nations passed the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement that united countries across the globe in an effort to curtail the growing damage of man-made climate change. Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2017.
Many fear that Craft’s answer gives too much credence to a denial that climate change even exists.
There are two sides to climate change, the one that is supported by scientific research, and those that oppose the scientific research purely based on profit motives and political ideology.
— Rob (@RobMT406) February 23, 2019
A new low. Good god
— izzie gone yet (@izziegoneyet) February 23, 2019
This “both sides” argument is old.
— Jumping Bean (@burpeesRfun) February 23, 2019
This woman is making a fool of herself. Two “sides” disagree, and both are right. Someone should explain to her why this is not possible. She is not up to the job our defective POTUS has handed her.
— Kathryn Kemp (@k_w_kemp) February 24, 2019
That look she gave at the end…even she doesn’t believe the BS talking point she is clumsily delivering.
— Soccer Mom (@2000Rmclement) February 23, 2019
Sadly, Craft is only representing the position of the Trump administration.