“Straight Wrong”: British Climate Economist Responds to Trump’s Climate Change Denial

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While in attendance at the U.N. climate summit, Lord Nicholas Stern, the prominent British climate economist and former chief economist of the World Bank, weighs in on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s denial of the human impact on climate change. “It’s straight wrong,” Stern says. “If he’s got new scientific results that overturn 200 years of science and the vast bulk of the science literature, I’m sure that he ought to be publishing them and that the scientific journals would love to see what he has to write.”

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We are broadcasting from COP21. Earlier today, I spoke with Lord Nicholas Stern, the prominent British climate economist, former chief economist of the World Bank, and I asked him about Donald Trump’s views on climate change.

AMY GOODMAN: Finally, not to have you wade into U.S. politics, but as you know, there’s a U.S. presidential campaign underway. The Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, say that climate change is not a problem and that it’s not human-induced. Your response to him?

LORD NICHOLAS STERN: It’s straight wrong. I mean, if he’s got new scientific results that overturn 200 years of science and the vast bulk of the science literature, I’m sure that he ought to be publishing them and that the scientific journals would love to see what he has to write.

AMY GOODMAN: That is Lord Stern, the former chief economist of the World Bank, Lord Nicholas Stern.

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