“[Mr. Trump] is very sympathetic to trying to get some more rationality into climate policies. Personally, he feels very strongly that way,” Mr. Happer said at a conference hosted Tuesday by the free-market Heartland Institute. “Many of the people in the White House who advise him are nervous about the political implications of that, which I can understand, too.”
Mr. Happer, former deputy assistant to the president and NSC senior director of emerging technologies, said those seeking to lay low on climate change were not trying to undermine Mr. Trump but “doing their best to be loyal advisers to the president.”
“They wanted him to be reelected. They were worried that if he picked up on the climate issue that he would lose more votes than he would win,” said Mr. Happer.
Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer & Former Trump Science Advisor: "We are here under false pretenses, wasting our time talking about a non-existent climate emergency." ... "Phoniness of this bizarre environmental cult." ...It's hard to understand how much further the shrillness can go as this started out as global warming then it was climate change or global weirding climate crisis climate emergency what next but stick around it will happen. I hope sooner or later enough people recognize the holiness of this bizarre environmental cult and bring it to an end."
Deregulatory accomplishments spotlighted by the president included:
—Withdrawing the United States from the “fraudulent, ineffective and one-sided Paris climate accord.”
—Ending the Obama war on energy, especially policies designed to kill coal miner jobs including the Clean Power Plan, stream (over)-protection rule.
—Opening up federally owned lands and offshore areas to energy exploration and production, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans have been trying to open up since at least President Reagan’s administration.
—Greenlighting vital pipeline projects such as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access.