According to President Donald Trump, there’s no need for anyone to pay a bit of attention to what he called the “prophets of doom” on the matter of climate change.

Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump made it sound as if no action at all is the proper response to rising sea levels and warmer temperatures across the world:

“This is not a time for pessimism. This is a time for optimism. Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action.”

The president then told attendees that those who focus on climate change are only doing so because they want “to see us do badly”:

“But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers. And I have them, and you have them, and we all have them. And they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen.”

Referencing past crises which still threaten the earth, Trump noted:

“They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives. We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty.”

What exactly socialism has to do with climate change is unclear.

Mainly, however, Trump bragged about how great he’s made the United States since he became president, even patting himself on the back for the U.S. achieving “energy independence” via natural gas:

“With an abundance of American natural gas now available, our European allies no longer have to be vulnerable to unfriendly energy suppliers, either. We urge our friends in Europe to use America’s vast supply and achieve true energy security.”

Despite Trump’s claims, the United States continues to import 3.6 billion barrels of oil a year, which makes it far from energy independent.

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