Uh oh. You know what that means. When a president’s views are “evolving,” that means he feels he needs to take his time flip flopping so that it doesn’t look too much like he flip flopped.
You know, like George H.W. Bush’s views on abortion “evolved” so he could be Reagan’s vice president. And Barack Obama’s views on gay marriage “evolved” once he felt it wouldn’t keep him from winning elections.
During the campaign, as you know, President Trump was completely clear about withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement, which requires countries to slash their carbon emissions.
But now, he’s in the White House, and Trump has surrounded himself with moderate Republicans and Democrats like National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and so he’s getting lots of new information.
“His views are evolving, he came here to learn and get smarter,” Cohn told reporters in Italy where Trump is meeting with G7 leaders. I’ve never heard an aide suggest a president needed to “get smarter,” but there you go.
Somehow, I’m pretty sure his views are not evolving towards hating the Paris accords even more.
“He said, ‘I would rather take my time and understand the issues and then get to the right decision on that,'” Cohn said.
And as you and I know, once he understands the issues and is aware of all the settled science lying around, he will come to the “right” decision.
Coal miners be damned.
UPDATE: Cohn also said that coal “doesn’t really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” and that by exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the United Staates “can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly.”