Thu. Mar 21st, 2019

Greenpeace hits back at Trump tweet on climate change denial

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US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC AFP
Mr Trump has frequently questioned climate change science, despite reports from his own agencies

Greenpeace has hit back against President Donald Trump for tweeting a climate change denial from a former member of the environmental group.

Mr Trump quoted Patrick Moore, who he claimed was a founder of Greenpeace, as saying: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science.”

Greenpeace said Mr Moore was not a founder, but a nuclear lobbyist who does not represent the group.

The Republican president has frequently cast doubt on climate change science.

What was the claim?

Mr Trump tweeted about an interview Mr Moore gave on the Fox News programme Fox & Friends, where he denied that climate change was a threat.

He was identified by the programme as being a co-founder of Greenpeace.

Mr Moore also lashed out at freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which is a resolution that aims to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change in the US.

Mr Moore called the congresswoman a “twit” and suggested global warming might be beneficial as carbon dioxide is a “building block of life”.

Mr Trump’s tweet did not reference the Green New Deal, but quoted Mr Moore’s denial of climate change science, adding: “Wow!”

The president also labelled Mr Moore as a co-founder of Greenpeace.

Mr Moore has since retweeted the president’s approval.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47543905

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