The future of U.S. climate policy — at least for the next four years — looks grim. As Vox explains, what President-elect Trump plans "looks like an absolute disaster for the planet (and the people on it)."

Scientific American asked Trump's campaign about 20 scientific issues. His response is notably less dire than Vox's reporting leads one to believe, but he doesn't outright acknowledge climate change nor propose any definite actions to counter it.

There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of “climate change.” Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water. Perhaps we should focus on eliminating lingering diseases around the world like malaria. Perhaps we should focus on efforts to increase food production to keep pace with an ever-growing world population. Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels. We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.

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