On Monday, president-elect Donald Trump met with former vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore. This is maybe one of the most unusual meetings since Trump became president of the United States. Why? Because they have completely different views, especially on climate change. Gore has always warned people regarding the consequences of climate change which he considers to be made by man. On the other hand, Donald Trump has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” which, in his opinion, the Chinese manufactured.
An unusual meeting
What it is interesting is the fact that initially, Trump was not going to take part in this meeting. Instead, his daughter Ivanka, who is part of her father’s transition team, was to meet Al Gore. According to some reports, it seems like Ivanka wants to make the problem of climate change one of her focus points. She will be taking on some duties which usually belong to the First Lady. Ivanka also met with Hollywood actor and climate change activist Leonardo DiCaprio and discussed the matter. He even offered her a copy of his documentary “Before the Flood”.
Trump ‘s views
As for Donald Trump, it is still unclear whether or not he has changed his views on the climate change matter. During his campaign, he repeatedly expressed his desire to boost the coal industry, beef up domestic energy production and cut regulations. All of those things had environmentalists really worried. Previously, Al Gore said that if Trump were to become president, this would lead to a “climate catastrophe”. However, over the last few weeks, Trump has been having meetings or talks with some of his supposed rivals and all seemed to be going well.
Heather Zichal, a former White House energy and climate adviser said that Ivanka’s meeting with Al Gore might be a good sign. After all, she might be trying to get in contact with such people in order to understand the issue and fight against it. Al Gore also described their meeting as being “productive”. He also said that
“I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
People do not believe in Trump
Still, there are still many people who still do not think that Trump will change his views on climate change. According to them, he is doing these things just to gain popularity. Also, to try and trick people into thinking that he cares. Moreover, he is using his children too. Chris Warren, spokesman for the American Energy Alliance said that it is clear that Donald Trump does not agree with Al Gore’s views. They met and talked, but this does not mean that he will actually act any different.
All in all, it seems like the climate change problem is still fresh in many people’s minds and it should be. It is an urgent matter which people should take seriously, despite the fact that Trump thinks it is all manufactured.
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