Trump: Climate change science still needs to be 'investigated'

Trump: Climate change science still needs to be 'investigated'
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGrow the US military but do it right, not just fast Trump trade data proposal defies common sense, honest accounting Will CPAC denounce Putin's war against democracy? MORE said there is still a lot about climate change that needs to be investigated.

Responding to a questionnaire from Scientific American and numerous scientific organizations, Trump repeated his doubt about climate change, putting quotes around the term and saying that the country’s limited resources should probably go somewhere other than fighting it.

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“There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change,’” he wrote.

He then wrote that the country’s limited money should “perhaps” go to other causes, like ensuring clean water, fighting malaria, feeding a growing population or even reducing the need for fossil fuels.

“Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels,” he said. “We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.”

Later, on the topic of scientific integrity, Trump wrote that “science is science and facts are facts.” He promised “total transparency and accountability without political bias” in his administration’s scientific endeavors.

Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonConway: Women's march protests wrapped in 'negativity' Perez and Ellison agree on DNC playing neutral role in primary John Legend not ruling out talking politics at Oscars MORE, by contrast, said the science is “crystal clear” that climate change “is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time and its impacts are already being felt at home and around the world.”

She repeated her previous campaign pledges to set a goal of getting half the country’s electricity from clean sources, install 500 million solar panels and cut energy waste and oil use by a third each.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein called climate change the “greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced” and reiterated her pledges, including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary JohnsonTrump taps former congresswoman for Air Force secretary Other states should join Jerry Brown's California resistance The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics MORE did not respond to the questionnaire, Scientific American said.