Trump Wants Investigation Into Climate Change

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the 138th General Conference of National Guard Association of the US at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 12, 2016. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON ― Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says there is “still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change.’” (Scare quotes his.)

Trump, who has previously said that climate change is a Chinese hoax, mostly avoided the climate question in a candidate forum on science policy released Tuesday. Rather than answer a question about what should be done to address it, Trump raised some hypotheticals:

Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water. Perhaps we should focus on eliminating lingering diseases around the world like malaria. Perhaps we should focus on efforts to increase food production to keep pace with an ever-growing world population. Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels. We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.

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