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READ: Donald Trump on Climate Change: ‘People Like Myself, We Have Very High Levels of Intelligence but We’re Not Necessarily Such Believers’

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the press while departing the White House on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to campaign today in Mississippi for Republican senate candidate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Washington Post published an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and it is getting a lot of attention for his comments on climate change.

But not for any reason the president might have hoped for. Remember the scene in Billy Madison when Billy rambled on about the Industrial Revolution? We’re living it.

First of all, he explained that while he acknowledges that climate is changing, he rejects the notion that it is man-made.

“As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,” the president said.

Normally I would paraphrase but the president’s remarks are so unbelievable they should speak for themselves.

Trump’s big brain:

“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers.”

Our air and water are not at “record clean.”

“You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty.”

Trump offered this Magellanic insight:

“And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over.”

How interesting that Trump thinks the oceans are so small, though he had quite a different take earlier this year when bigger oceans better suited his narrative.

Trump also alluded to “articles” about “global freezing” to make his point.

“If you go back and if you look at articles, they talk about global freezing,” Trump said. “They talk about at some point, the planet is going to freeze to death, then it’s going to die of heat exhaustion.”

The Post noted Trump was referencing two pieces from the 1970s which were published prior to today’s scientific consensus.

Trump’s incorrect, internalized conclusion is four decades old. This is not good.

Additionally, Trump has buckled into a bizarre explanation for the climate change-fueled California wildfires. The president blames a lack of raking and forest floor maintenance for the destruction, which has so far claimed 88 lives and decimated entire towns.

“The fire in California, where I was, if you looked at the floor, the floor of the fire they have trees that were fallen, they did no forest management, no forest maintenance, and you can light — you can take a match like this and light a tree trunk when that thing is laying there for more than 14 or 15 months. You go to other places where they have denser trees — it’s more dense, where the trees are more flammable — they don’t have forest fires like this, because they maintain.”

Trump went on:

“You go to other places where they have denser trees, it’s more dense, where the trees are more flammable, they don’t have forest fires like this because they maintain. And it was very interesting I was watching the firemen, and they were raking brush. . . . It’s on fire. They’re raking it, working so hard. If that was raked in the beginning, there would be nothing to catch on fire.”

People noticed Trump’s total cognitive dissonance on climate change and are smacking their heads.

Katharine Hayhoe, report author and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, defended her research on Twitter.

“I wrote the climate scenarios chapter myself,” Hayhoe said, “so I can confirm it considers ALL scenarios, from those where we go carbon negative before end of century to those where carbon emissions continue to rise.”

Andrew Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, called Trump’s comments “idiotic” in an email with WaPo.

“How can one possibly respond to this?” Dessler asked rhetorically.

Trump is not the only member of the administration refusing to accept the conclusions of its own scientists.

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