Climate Change-Denying Trump Wants To Build Sea Wall To Protect Golf Course

May 23, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Despite repeatedly dismissing global warming as a “hoax,” presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is applying to build a sea wall to protect an oceanfront golf course he owns from the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather.

A Politico report published Monday details how the permit application for a wall to protect Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, located in Doughmore Bay, County Clare, explicitly mentions “global warming and its effects” as the impetus.

Part of the application reportedly features an environmental impact statement pointing to the threat of coastal erosion due to sea level rise “not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.” It also warns against erosion caused by more frequent and extreme storms.

The statement says outright that both these threats pose “a real and immediate risk to most of the golf course frontage and assets,” according to Politico.

These private concerns over protecting a Trump property conflict with some of the presumptive GOP nominee’s public comments on climate change.

Trump has written off his past claims about climate change being a “hoax” perpetuated by China as a joke. But as recently as March he told The Washington Post’s editorial board that he was “not a big believer in global warming.”

Trump’s campaign spokeswoman and the general counsel for the Trump Organization did not respond to Politico’s requests for comment.

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