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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Fake News That Led Trump to Exit the Paris Climate Accords

This week, Donald Trump made good on a promise he made all the way back in 2015: He officially started to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is just the latest sign that the president doesn't care about climate change; famously, he has tweeted that he believes the concept of global warming is a hoax created by "the Chinese" in order to undermine the US economy. But that wasn't just a one-off brain fart—Trump has held a lot of wildly differing opinions about issues, but climate is one he's been remarkably consistent about.
Over the years Trump has occasionally linked to real stories about individual climate predictions that turned out to be wrong, but his overarching faith that climate isn't happening is based on fake news. That makes this a great week to check in on the ways bullshit shapes the conversation around climate.
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