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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Visits His Scottish Golf Course
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump drives a golf buggy during his visits to his Scottish golf course Turnberry on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell—Getty Images Jeff J Mitchell—Getty Images

Donald Trump Calls Climate Change a Hoax, but Worries It Could Hurt His Golf Course

May 23, 2016

Presumptive nominee Donald Trump may say he doesn't believe the science of climate change, but he's hoping to protect one of his Irish golf courses from its effects.

The Trump International Hotel in Ireland applied for a permit to build a seawall on its golf course to prevent erosion. Politico reports the permit application included an environmental-impact statement that explicitly said the wall would need to be built to combat “global warming and its effects.” The golf course is located at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare.

Trump has repeatedly called global warming a "hoax" causing climate scientists and activists to worry what a potential Donald Trump presidency could mean for their work.

But the environmental-impact statement cited in the Trump Hotel's application relies on facts about global warming presented by governmental scientists. The statement cites an Irish study that says erosion will continue at a steady rate through 2050. “If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland," the statement reads.

[Politico]

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