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Trump Transition Team Member Says Focus Is on US Energy Independence

CNN’s "New Day"

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 03:40 PM

Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci discussed climate change and energy independence during a Wednesday appearance on CNN’s "New Day."

"What we're thinking about is energy independence for the United States, clean air and clean water, which the president-elect has repeatedly said throughout the campaign and during the transition," the transition team member told host Chris Cuomo.

"The most important thing that I want the American people to focus on is that we can generate a tremendous amount of energy revenues as a result of new taxes coming off of the energy that is underneath the ground here in the United States," Scaramucci said.

The transition team member turned directly to address climate change, saying, "I know that the current president believes that human beings are affecting the climate. There are scientists that believe that is not happening."

Host Chris Cuomo interjected most scientists believe in climate change.

"The overwhelming consensus of the scientific community is that man's actions have an impact on science," Cuomo said.

Scaramucci responded: "There was overwhelming science that the Earth was flat, and there was an overwhelming science that we were the center of the world. We get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community," Scaramucci said.

"I'm not suggesting we're not affecting the change. I honestly don't know. I am not a scientist."

CNN reported at another point in the interview, Scaramucci said Trump bases his opinions about climate change on common sense, not ideology.

"You've got a very common-sense-oriented president at the top of the chain now," Scaramucci said. "Some of the stuff you're reading, and some of the stuff I'm reading is very ideologically based about the climate. We don't want it to be that way."

Regarding the Trump transition team asking which Energy Department employees worked on climate change policy, Scaramucci said the Trump team was on an "intellectual curiosity expedition."

The Department of Energy refused to provide the names.

A report by NASA said, "97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities."

About climate change, Trump has said: "I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows."

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