By Chelsea Harvey
14 December 2016
(Washington Post) – An adviser on the Trump transition team turned heads Wednesday when he likened modern climate science to the ancient belief that the Earth was flat.
“I know that the current president believes that human beings are affecting the climate,” Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the president-elect’s presidential transition team executive committee, said Wednesday on CNN’s New Day program. “There are scientists that believe that that’s not happening.” […]
Scaramucci continued, “There was an overwhelming science that the Earth was flat, and there was an overwhelming science that we were the center of the world. We get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community.” […]
Scaramucci’s comments might be among the most eyebrow-raising this week — but the Trump team’s record on climate change has already been controversial enough until now. The president-elect has been adding climate doubters to his transition team left and right over the past few weeks, particularly to his Environmental Protection Agency “landing team,” which will help shape the new administration’s environmental policy. And his recent nominees for heads of the federal energy and environment agencies are noted skeptics of what is known as anthropogenic climate change. [more]
By Michael Stone
14 December 2016
(Patheos) – Trump transition official compares climate change theory to flat earth theory, and thinks both might be wrong.
The stupid. It burns.
Appearing on CNN, Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump and a leader on his transition team, compared the scientific consensus concerning climate change to theories claiming the earth is flat, arguing that both could be wrong. […]
At one point, towards the end of the heated discussion, Scaramucci made the laughable suggestion that the Earth is only 5,500 years old:
“I’m saying people have gotten things wrong throughout the 5,500-year history of our planet.” [more]