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Can Trump be reached on climate by talking with him about other things? Maybe ...

Northwest Public Television

January 20, 2017

Northwest Public Television - If you're among the tens of millions of Americans deeply concerned about climate change - and there's ever more reason to be, with this week's news that 2016 is likely to set yet another global temperature record - you may have been wringing your hands since the election of Donald Trump last week to the White House.

But in the week since the election, Trump has walked back some of his campaign promises, which has some folks wondering, optimistically, whether he might do the same on climate.

Atmospheric scientist and climate educator, Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, says the signs don't look good for that so far, but she does hold out some hope for a White House conversion - if the right people can reach Trump with the right message.

"The biggest thing that I found in talking with people who don't agree with me over [the] last 10 or 15 years - and I feel like I've talked to probably thousands - is that the most important thing is to build bridges rather than to burn them," Hayhoe told The World in an interview with host Marco Werman.

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