The host looked at the views of the president-elect's energy and environment appointees

By Christian Holub
Updated December 22, 2016 at 08:38 AM EST
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President-elect Donald Trump has been publicly denying climate change longer than he’s been in politics. Back in 2012, he proclaimed the concept was invented by the Chinese “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive” (the tweet still exists). Now that Trump is gearing up for the White House, his early appointments in environmental and energy departments reflect that denialism, as Seth Meyers pointed out on Wednesday.

“Ivanka [Trump’s] interest in climate change gave people a glimmer of hope, but of course Trump’s team moved quickly to snuff out that glimmer by reassuring everyone that Trump still thinks climate change is totally made-up,” Meyers said.

For example, Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, even though Pruitt is a climate change denier who continues to support fracking even as the natural gas drilling technique has exponentially increased the number of earthquakes in his home state. Trump has also tapped former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy, even though Perry is perhaps most famous for forgetting the name of the department in a 2012 Republican primary debate.

“So the climate situation may well be dire under a Trump administration, which is why we need to keep bringing attention to it,” Meyers said. “It’s literally life or death. Without a strong response, we could be in for more arctic melting, extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and earthquakes.”

Watch the clip below.

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