The Two Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Energy Speech

You might have heard that yesterday Donald Trump gave a speech on his proposed energy policies at an oil industry conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Here are the two things you need to know from that:

1. He thinks climate change is a hoax, and
2. He would eliminate all of the gains President Obama has made on combating climate change (including canceling the Paris Climate agreement).

He didn’t actually talk about the first one yesterday. But it’s worth noting that, in a speech about energy policy, he pretty much ignored the issue of climate change. He has, however, tweeted his thoughts on that topic in the past.

These two things should be enough to ensure any sane voter that Donald Trump is unfit for the office he seeks to hold. Whether or not you think that Clinton will do enough to combat climate change, his approach would be an unmitigated disaster for the entire planet.

It’s true that Trump talked about some other things in his speech yesterday. But I’m happy to tell you that you are free to ignore them because the candidate himself hasn’t put a lot of thought into them and isn’t really that interested. Both he and his campaign have been trying to tell us that for some time now.

A Trump source

“He doesn’t want to waste time on policy and thinks it would make him less effective on the stump,” the Trump source said.

Paul Manafort

, Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist

“He needs an experienced person [as VP] to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He sees himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO.”

Donald Trump

on “the genesis of his heterodox views”

“I’m not sure I got there through deep analysis,” he said. “My views are what everybody else’s views are.”

We’ve got another five months of this coming, folks. I might be tempted to just rinse and repeat this summary fairly often. It could come down to either that or endless streams of youtube videos to keep us occupied until this thing is over.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.