President Trump on Tuesday dismissed the “prophets of doom” on climate change to an audience that included Swedish activist Greta Thunberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
President Trump denounced climate Change activist prophets of doom but said he was a “big believer in the environment” and announced that the US will join the “One Trillion Trees” initiative supported by the forum in an effort to offset carbon emissions.
“We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world,” Trump told the world’s top business and political leaders.
He added, to sustained applause, that the US “will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing and better managing our trees and our forests.”
But he also lashed out at “alarmists” — the “perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse” – though he didn’t explicitly mention climate change, which is a major theme, along with sustainability, in this year’s annual forum.
Trump and Thunberg also did not mention each other directly Tuesday, but his remarks stood in stark contrast to the 17-year-old’s renewed call to “start listening to the science” on climate change.