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NASA Scientist: Nature Has Last Vote On Climate Change

Climate scientists -- and the Chinese -- are asking President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his position on global warming before he takes office in January.

The president-elect's opinion on climate change is tough to pin down, in part because he has issued seemingly contradictory statements on the issue.

But he has also said that while he believes climate change is real, he doesn't believe scientists have demonstrated it's man-made -- and he has accused other countries of using the issue to slow U.S. economic growth through regulation.

Probably the most famous proclamation Trump has made on climate change was from 2012, when he took to Twitter to argue that it was used to stymie American businesses. That's because, he argued, countries like the U.S. were limiting their own greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming while countries like China were largely ignoring environmental regulations.

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," Trump tweeted.

More recently, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told a CNN panel in September that Trump believes "climate change is naturally occurring," part of the Earth's natural cycle of vacillating between weather extremes.

While climate scientists are taking a "wait and see" approach to Trump's administration, according to NASA's Dr. Gavin Schmidt, "planetary warming does not care about the election."

“The point is simple," Schmidt told the Independent. "The climate is changing and you can try to deny it, you can appoint people who don’t care about it into positions of power, but regardless, nature has the last vote on this."

Meanwhile, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said his country wasn't aware of efforts to combat global warming until Western leaders approached the Chinese to discuss it three decades ago, according to Bloomberg News. Zhenmin made the remarks from Marrakech, Morocco, where he was part of a Chinese delegation to a United Nations meeting on climate change.

“If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] with the support of the Republicans during the [President Ronald] Reagan and [President George H.W. Bush] administration during the late 1980s,” Zhenmin said.

Sources: Independent, Bloomberg, Donald Trump/Twitter, CNN / Photo credit: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

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