Donald Trump, who has referred to global warming as a “total hoax” on Twitter, is now seeking to build a wall in Ireland to protect against just that.
According to Politico, Trump International Golf Links recently submitted an environmental impact study that cites global warming as a reason they seek to build a rock wall along two miles of eroding beach at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland.
The study, part of a planning application re-submitted to the Clare County Council earlier this month seeking permission to build the wall, notes that an Irish government study predicts a steady rate of erosion through 2050. However, Trump’s filing argues that the study fails to take into account the damaging effects of global warming – and they want to build the wall to protect against it.
“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 study reads. “In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring.”
Despite the filing, Trump has been vocal about his skepticism regarding global warming in recent years, bluntly referred to it as “bulls–t” and a “con job.”
“The entire country is FREEZING – we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high,” Trump tweeted in 2014.
The revelation of Trump’s public denunciation of climate change while privately hedging his bets comes at the same time Democratic rival Hillary Clinton‘s campaign released a video featuring audio of Trump purportedly rooting for an economic collapse.
Clinton’s camp says the audio is from 2006 – just two years before the devastating stock market crash.
“I sort of hope that happens, because then people like me would go in and buy,” he says. “If there is a bubble burst as they call it, you can make a lot of money.”
Trump’s latest headaches come as fellow mogul/reality television star/political hopeful Mark Cuban tells PEOPLE Now that he has told Trump he needs to educate himself on the issues – immediately.
“I told him, ‘You need to start diving in on learning the facts behind the issues,’ ” he said.
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The latest controversies come at the same time Trump tries to clarify his position on guns in schools. A day earlier, Trump gave a seemingly conflicting answer about the topic on Fox News Sunday.
“I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly,” he said Sunday.
However, he explained Monday that “school resource officers” or trained teachers should be the ones carrying guns.
Trump, who received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association last week at their convention, also softened his initial call to eliminate all gun-free zones in schools, saying they should only be eliminated “in some cases.”
He also rejected Clinton’s characterization of his plan.
“The way she said it meant like every student should be sitting there carrying guns,” Trump said. “If trained people had guns, you wouldn’t have the carnage that you’ve had.”
“The problem with gun-free zones is it’s like offering up candy to bad people,” he also said. “They hear gun-free zones and they go in there with their guns blazing.”