Politico's Ben Schreckinger reports that although presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump publicly refers to anthropogenic climate change as "a total hoax" and "bullshit," he privately believes that it poses a danger to one of his most prized possessions -- Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Trump's solution to climate change is to build a wall -- this one a sea wall that would protect his beloved course from "global warming and its effects." According to an application filed with the Irish government by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, those effects include "increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather in this century."
Former South Carolina Republican Representative Bob Inglis told Schreckinger that he found Trump's hypocrisy "diabolical. Donald Trump is working to ensure his at-risk properties and his company is trying to figure out how to deal with sea level rise. Meanwhile, he’s saying things to audiences that he must know are not true."
"You have a soft place in your heart for people who are honestly ignorant," he added, "but people who are deceitful, that’s a different thing."
After an initial application for the sea wall based on its ability to stop coastal erosion from rising sea levels was shot down, Trump applied again -- this time adding that the likelihood of increasingly frequent and powerful storms would also cause the coastline to erode.
"A Do nothing/Do minimum option will have the least impact on [natural] processes but the existing erosion rate will continue and worsen, due to sea level rise, in the next coming years, posing a real and immediate risk to most of the golf course frontage and assets," the later application concluded.