The new U.S. ambassador to Canada has raised eyebrows after she said “both sides of science” form her beliefs over climate change.
In an interview with the Canadian broadcaster CBC, Kelly Craft said: “I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
Referring to Trump’s decision decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement last year while every other country committed, CBC’s Rosemary Barton asked: “How do you navigate that when there’s such a different approach to fighting climate change?”
“I think that the approach may seem different but we all have the same goal: and that is to better our environment and maintain the environment,” she said.
Without providing details, she continued: “Therefore I feel like our administration has been on top of this regardless of whether or not they would be pulling out.”
When asked if she believed in climate change, she said “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate.”
Craft was mocked online for her suggestion that climate change deniers may have credence despite the overwhelming scientific evidence indicating the opposite.
Nominated for the post by Trump, Craft was sworn in as the 31st U.S. ambassador to Canada in July 2017. She became the first woman to hold the post.
A wealthy Republican donor, Craft and her husband billionaire coal executive Joseph W. Craft III gave £2million to Trump’s campaign and inauguration, The New York Times reported.
In 2017, she gave the Republican National Committee $17,000, as well as dozens of donations to Republican candidates and funds all totaling more than $1,000 according to Global News.
Craft’s comments come as President Donald Trump has stoked climate change skepticism and distanced the U.S. from policies to tackle the threat of global warming. Trump has also surrounded himself with like-minded staff members, such as climate change skeptic and physics professor William Happer at the National Security Council, and Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In November, scientists criticized Trump for once again suggesting that cold weather disproves the theory of global warming.
He tweeted on November 22: “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
At the time, Dr. Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, Mann told Newsweek: “It is disturbing to see the titular head of our nation misinforming the public about the greatest threat we face—the threat of catastrophic climate change impacts.
“Not only has Trump sought to dismantle the environmental protections put in place by previous administrations, he has also sought to lower the level of discourse by making nonsensical public comments that are untruthful factually, and deliberately conflate normal day-to-day weather fluctuations with climate change.”