What Is Ivanka Trump’s Position on Climate Change?

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Ivanka Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower on November 18, 2016. (Getty)

Ivanka Trump, President-Elect Donald Trump’s daughter, will meet with Al Gore today to discuss climate change. Are Trump and Gore actually aligned on this issue? What is Ivanka Trump’s position?

Trump herself has said virtually nothing about climate change in public, instead focusing on childcare throughout the presidential campaign. The only thing that comes close is one tweet from six years ago where she seems to imply that cold weather contradicts the idea that climate change is taking place, though this is mainly just a joke and not some sort of firm policy stance on her part.

But Politico recently reported that Ivanka Trump plans to make climate change one of her signature issues and to speak out on it as first daughter. Technically, they don’t specify if she plans to speak out for or against fighting climate change, though.

Still, many on the left are hoping that Ivanka Trump can be what they call a voice of reason in the White House. In fact, The New York Times reports that Leonardo DiCaprio recently sat down with Ivanka for a private meeting, during which he gave her a copy of Before the Flood, a climate change documentary he produced.

In general, Ivanka Trump is much more liberal than the rest of her family, and she has in the past pushed her father to support more traditionally Democratic policies; for example, she helped to craft Trump’s child care plan, which includes six weeks of paid maternity leave. If there’s anyone in Trump’s inner circle who would be open to the idea that climate change is a pressing issue, it would be Ivanka Trump.

President-Elect Donald Trump himself has previously called climate change a Chinese hoax, and to this day he still does not seem to buy that it is a legitimate threat, although he sounded somewhat open to having his mind changed in a recent New York Times interview.

“You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, 98,” Trump recently told The New York Times. “You know, you can make lots of cases for different views. I have a totally open mind…It’s a very complex subject. I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know.”

At the same time, Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, recently said that Trump’s default position is that climate change isn’t real.

“As far as this issue on climate change, the only thing he was saying after being asked a few questions about it was, look, he’ll have an open mind about it. But he has his default position which, most of it is a bunch of bunk,” Priebus said, according to The Huffington Post.

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Roger Clarke

I agree that the earth has a history of climate change, including before the industrial revolution. The question is, if we make an effort to help it in “the right direction”, what direction should that be? The largest effect on climate would come the sun’s output which is by far the largest source of energy received by the earth. The Royal Astronomical Society published on Thursday, 09 July 2015 ‘Irregular heartbeat of the Sun driven by double dynamo’.
Synopsis: “A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645.”
Conclusion: If anyone wants to feel better by making an effort toward stabilizing climate change, then the latest science is pointing toward heating being the right direction. You can now begin to do your part toward a better tomorrow for generations to come by burning fossil fuels.

Tom Holtom

The globe is warming! The seas are rising! The sky is falling! We are running out of time!!
There have been incalculable numbers of articles about the warming of the earth and the inevitable rising of the sea levels over the past few years caused primarily by anthropogenic activity. With about seven minutes of research on the internet (thank you, Al), one can deduce that about 12,000 years before George W. Bush became President (but who’s counting), the last Ice Age started retreating. At that time, the ice was about a thousand feet thick in Ohio. As the glaciers continued their retreat, they carved out the Great Lakes and Hudson’s Bay – and the sea level rose hundreds of feet. Actually, easily obtained estimates demonstrate the sea level has risen by approximately 120 meters over the past 8,000 years – that’s about 1 1/2 meters per century. With that in mind, we should expect that the seas will go up several feet before the year 2100 even if men were no longer an inhabitant of our planet.

In order for the computer models that the “scientists” are using to validate their multiple catastrophic and well funded hypotheses, they should be able to predict the weather that has already occurred during the past decades using a century of data and Greenland ice cores – but they can’t. Why not? In order for their models to work, they have to assume that the sun’s output is consistent and predictable (it isn’t), the Earth’s orbit is exact (it isn’t), the Earth’s rotation on its axis is exact (it isn’t), and the volcanic activity (Mount Erebus in Antarctica has its own web page) and asteroids are of no consequence to the Earth’s weather systems (what killed the dinosaurs?). Simply stated – their models cannot ever be validated but they will ever be funded by the government if they support the government taking more of our liberties from us like forcing us to pay a carbon tax.
I suggest you reread Chicken Little. Call me the Farmer’s dog.
Tom Holtom, P.E.
Imagineer Emeritus
Newport Beach, CA

EyesWideOpen

Are you bringing silly little things like FACTS into this?
SOMEONE THINK OF THE POLAR BEARS !!! … ahhh, now I feel better, emotional science is the only way to $ell those damn Carbon Credits and Derivatives.

tamio

This is the best, simplest, most coherent summary of the “global warming, er climate change” hoax I have ever read.
Thank you!

Mark

Tom, try using a reference that stands up in the scientific community. Chicken Little doesn’t cut it. If you want to see each one of your arguments refuted by science, go to skepticalscience.com.

Anonymous

Aside from nearly the entire scientific community telling us this is a real threat, doesn’t seem rational that over-population and industrialization are speeding up this process? The earth’s population has increased from 2.5 billion people in the 50’s to 7 billion people now. The Chinese economy has improved enough that their citizens have traded in their bicycles for cars. I don’t get why some people are so focused on denying that human behavior is affecting our environment.

shellyleit

Scientists are using models to predict outcomes of global warming, not whether global warming is happening or how we are causing it. Climate science is not based on models, it’s based on temperature measurements. We all know how it’s being caused, the burning of fossil fuels, and we are doing that, not some elephants in Africa. Humans are causing it. This is known. It’s not up for debate anymore.Climate change is measured, with real temperatures from all over the world. Are you just ignorant? Or maybe you work for Exxon or Trump or some right-wing think tank, but you are spreading misinformation purposely for some reason. The Pentagon and the insurance industries are especially trying to warn everyone about climate change since it will lead to no one being able to get house or business insurance if you live on the coasts (sea level rise, storms, hurricanes) and it will also lead to more conflict and instability all over the world. We will go to war because of it. In fact, this has already happened. Droughts, lack of water and food cause wars. That you don’t know this makes you stupid, not smart. You are stupid. I don’t mind calling climate change deniers stupid, because it’s what you are. I have no interest in convincing you that you are wrong either, because you are so stupid you probably can’t learn anything.

Joey

The sea levels stopped rising about 6000 years ago.. did you really think they had been rising at a steady rate all of this time? Jesus Christ… SkepticalScience, good luck finding a theory there that they you believe in that they haven’t debunked… ouch.

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