Donald Trump appears to have revealed just how little he knows about energy and the climate during yet another bizarre press conference, this time with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg.
During a Q&A session he was asked by a reporter what it would take for the United States to remain in the Paris Accord on climate change.
The President repeated his claims it treated the US “unfairly” and was a “bad deal” but did say “we could conceivably go back in”.
Solberg then took the opportunity to push the virtues of environmentally sound technology but Trump responded with a brusque – and bizarre – answer.
He said: “One of the great assets of Norway is a thing called ‘water’ – they have tremendous hydropower, tremendous. In fact most of your energy is produced by hydro.
“I wish we’d do some of that.”
This, is the Hoover Dam.
Not only is it one of the most famous feats of engineering in the US, it also provides 1.3 million Americans with hydro-electric power.
In fact hydro-electric power is the sixth largest source of energy in the US and the biggest of the renewables, providing 17% of the country’s total need.
Trump also referred to wind turbines as “windmills”, somehow linking it to Hillary Clinton and his election victory which he appears to not have quite gotten over yet.
Oh my god. “My opponent Hillary was not for a strong military, she was for windmills” Trump just said in a joint press conference with the Norway PM.
The term is one he’s used often in the past, usually whilst professing a normally-absent passion for ornithology.
Windmills are the greatest threat in the US to both bald and golden eagles. Media claims fictional ‘global warming’ is worse.
Congrats to people of Scotland on the Judge’s ruling concerning bird killing, land destroying, environmentally disastrous windmills.
Trump also dodged a question on whether or not he would agree to be interviewed as part of the Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the elections last year.
He once again called the probe “a Democrat hoax”, adding: “For 11 months, we’ve had this phony cloud over this administration.”
Norway’s Prime Minister also made it a point to note that for her country the environment was a higher priority than corporations’ profit margins, which corporate puppet Trump kept bringing up as a reason for ditching the Paris Agreement. https://t.co/X71WJFFq2O
January 10, 2018