Trump, on climate, says he won’t jeopardize U.S. wealth on ‘dreams’


U.S. President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to a question about climate change, said on Monday that U.S. wealth is based on energy and he won’t jeopardize that for dreams and windmills.

“I feel that the United States has tremendous wealth. The wealth is under its feet. I’ve made that wealth come alive. … We are now the No. 1 energy producer in the world, and soon it will be by far,” Trump told reporters when asked about his views on climate change.

“I’m not going to lose that wealth, I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too well,” he added, saying he was an environmentalist himself and wanted the cleanest air and water on Earth.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander

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