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Duelling views between Trudeau, Trump on environment, climate change

Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm PDT

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. president-elect Donald Trump are mostly in opposite corners when it comes to energy and environment issues, as some of their public remarks in recent months and years make clear.

TRUMP

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Trump on Twitter, Nov. 6, 2012.

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“Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!” Trump on Twitter, Jan. 26, 2014.

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“I think there’s a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes – if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming.” Trump interview with the Washington Post, March 2016.

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“A Trump administration will focus on real environmental challenges, not phoney ones: We will reject Hillary Clinton’s poverty-expansion agenda that enriches her friends and makes everyone else poor. We’ll solve real environmental problems in our communities like the need for clean and safe drinking water. President Obama actually tried to cut the funding for our drinking water infrastructure – even as he pushed to increase funding for his EPA bureaucrats.” Trump campaign website, May 26, 2016.

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“We’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programs.” Trump speech May 26, 2016.

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“In a Trump administration, political activists with extreme agendas will no longer write the rules. Instead, we will work with conservationists whose only agenda is protecting nature. From an environmental standpoint, my priorities are very simple: clean air and clean water.” Trump speech, May 26, 2016.

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“President Obama has done everything he can to kill the coal industry. Here are a few of President Obama’s decrees: … Draconian climate rules that, unless stopped, would effectively bypass Congress to impose job-killing cap-and-trade.” Trump speech, May 26.

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TRUDEAU

“Make no mistake, the Liberal party will be putting a price on carbon.” Trudeau, in a speech in Vancouver on June 29, 2015.

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“We will help the developing world tackle the challenges of climate change. Many of the world’s most vulnerable countries have done little to contribute to the problem but face the most significant consequences. And all countries deserve the right to develop and this development can and should be based on access to clean energy technologies.” Trudeau, Nov. 30, 2015 at Paris COP21.

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“If you live in Canada’s North or in our coastal communities or, really … in any community that is subject to extreme weather conditions and the resulting floods, droughts and wildfires, then the effects of climate change itself cannot be denied. There is no hiding from climate change. It is real and it is everywhere.” Trudeau in the Commons Oct. 3, 2016.

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“We will fight climate change, with the provinces and territories, as Canada works to put a price on carbon and reduce carbon pollution. We will also invest in clean technology and introduce new environmental assessment processes that seek and consider public input, with decisions informed by scientific advice.” Throne speech, Dec. 4, 2015.

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