Republican nominee Donald Trump might be taking a second look at climate change as the election draws closer, he said Tuesday.
In response to a questionnaire sent by scientific organizations, Trump touted some skepticism on the issue of global warming. But he also said that the issue of climate change deserves further investigation, which was a surprise.
“There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change,'” he said in response to the questionnaire. He suggested that the nation focus on efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, rather than combating climate change.
In the past, he has called climate change a “hoax” created by the Chinese, but he also has said he supports local bans on fracking.
“Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels,” said Trump in answering the questionnaire. “We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.”