Trump: Global Warming Is BS— That's Threatening My Resort

Irish golf course applies for permit to build wall to fend off erosion caused by climate change
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2016 11:19 AM CDT
Trump: Global Warming Is BS— That's Threatening My Resort
In this June 27, 2012, file photo, Donald Trump stands on the 14th fairway during the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Global warming is just "expensive bulls---t," according to Donald Trump, a position he's often taken publicly, but it looks like he's more than willing to wade in when it comes to one of his own resorts. The last Republican standing has applied for a permit to build a sea wall to protect Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, his coastal resort in County Clare, and Politico has read it over. The main reason for the wall: an "explicit" reference to global warming via rising sea levels that have led to more erosion and could endanger Trump's property. "It's diabolical," ex-South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis says. "You have a soft place in your heart for people who are honestly ignorant, but people who are deceitful, that's a different thing." Politico notes that Trump acquired the property in 2014 after an unusually harsh winter, and that just days before he closed the deal, another storm hit and tore away 26 feet of land along the water.

In the application for the wall—200,000 tons of rocks along a few miles of shore—an environmental impact report was included from an Irish firm, and that analysis went beyond predicting regular wear and tear. "If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct … it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates … around much of the coastline of Ireland," it reads. The application also includes a scan of a brochure that the hotel company disseminated to local residents to warn them about the "need for coastal protection." Trump's rep didn't respond to Politico's call; neither did the Trump Organization's general counsel. Meanwhile, Al Gore weighed in Monday on Today, saying, "[Trump] has said some things on the climate crisis that I think should concern everyone." (Politico outlines each time Trump has blasted climate change.)

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