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On Thursday night, Participant premiered Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power—the follow-up to our 2006 film—at the Sundance Film Festival. We're telling you this because it's an important moment for the climate movement and the country...and not just because the earth reached all-time record temperatures for the third year in a row. There's a lot of noise surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration and what he'll do about the environment, so we figured it's best to stick to the facts.



President Trump has spoken frequently about climate change in the past two years. Here's a look at some of what he's said:

In September 2015, Trump said on Hugh Hewitt’s show, "I'm not a believer in global warming. And I'm not a believer in man-made global warming." (Hugh Hewitt)

In May 2016, Trump said his administration plans to "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs." (

In November 2016, two weeks after winning the election, he said of climate change: "I'm going to study a lot of the things that happened on it and we're going to look at it very carefully. But I have an open mind." And when asked whether he really did plan to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump said, "I'm going to take a look at it." (The New York Times)

Given Trump's take on climate change, let's look at who else is joining his administration and what it means for the environment.

Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to head up the Environmental Protection Agency, wrote in an 2016 op-ed, "Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind." (National Review Online)

There's not much disagreement: Peer-reviewed scientific journals show that at least 97 percent of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is extremely likely to have been caused by human activities. (NASA)





Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. Secretary of State, spent more than 40 years—the last 10 as Chairman and CEO—at ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company. In 2009, while CEO, he called on Congress to tax greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming. (The Wall Street Journal)

Accused of ignoring its own scientists: ExxonMobil is currently facing two investigations into whether it misled the public about the dangers of climate change as early as the 1970s by downplaying internal, company-generated scientific research. (Reuters)


 Related: WATCH: 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power' First Clip...



Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee to become the next Attorney General of the United States, said the following to President Obama's EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in 2015: "Carbon pollution is CO2, and that's really not a pollutant; that's a plant food, and it doesn't harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases." (Senate Hearing)

CO2 is more than just plant food: Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, which traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. It is considered a pollutant when it comes from human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels, such as transportation and generating electricity. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


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Join the An Inconvenient Truth community on Facebook. You can also check out a new interview with Al Gore where he opens up about his latest film and his climate-change crusade.

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Jan 24, 2017



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