Trump Is Making Deals, But One On Climate Is Unlikely

President Trump has made himself clear on climate change: He doesn't believe humans have much, if anything, to do with it. No number of hurricanes appears able to alter that.

He's been just as fixed on other issues, like immigration, before making a sudden course change. The question grappled with by some observers is whether Trump could be coaxed into ditching his view that warming is a hoax, for a political payday.

Most doubt it.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have renewed interest in Trump's views on climbing temperatures. The president has toured the devastation in Texas and Florida, meeting victims along the way. While his administration has said discussing climate change would be insensitive in the recovery period, he has nonetheless faced questions about it (Climatewire, Sept. 12).

"I don't think he thinks twice about it because he doesn't see it as something that people think about on a daily basis, much less people who are getting through a hurricane," said Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist who backed Trump in the campaign. "He sees it as not a good use of his time. That's why he ignores it." 

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