In Donald Trump’s new book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, the real estate mogul turned reality TV star describes global warming as a “make-believe problem” and “pseudo science”. He’d know make believe when he sees it. Earlier this year, Trump played a pretend Republican presidential candidate in real life, going so far as to mount an exploratory trip to New Hampshire in his Trump-copter.
Now, Trump wants us to believe that he may jump back into the race as a third-party candidate. But he still sounds just like all the other GOP presidential candidates when it comes to energy and the environment. Ignoring the fact that domestic oil production reached a new high in 2010 and that gas prices were at their historic high of well over $4 a gallon under former President George W. Bush, Trump claims that, “In the first two years of the Obama administration, gas prices leapt a shocking 104 percent.” He then recycles all the usual Republican talking points about cap and trade.
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At times, Trump sounds a bit more reasonable.
“I’m all for developing alternatives to oil, but that’s for the long term,” he writes, specifically naming geothermal, solar, windmills, and nuclear as examples of alternative fuels.
Of course, these comments are made in a chapter titled “Take the Oil”, which pretty much sums up where Trump thinks we need to focus our attention in the short term.
Should Trump actually decide to run for president under a third party banner, or as an Independent, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again will certainly provide fodder to anyone who wants to point out the obvious, which is that Trump is really no different than whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be when it comes to energy and environmental policy. For now, his book remains on Amazon’s top 10 Hot New Releases in Politics & Social Science list purely for its entertainment value, or so we hope.