Donald Trump might have angered campaigners with his latest comments on the energy industry, but a little-known planning application in Ireland highlights the concerns the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has on the effects of climate change.
Trump pledged on Thursday to reverse actions instigated by President Barack Obama designed to tackle climate change and called for fewer environmental regulations. He vowed to "cancel the Paris agreement," referring to the 2015 Cop21 meeting in Paris in which global leaders pledged to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
However, the comments seem to jar with actions that Trump is taking to protect his golf course in Ireland, where global warming is being cited as a justification to build a coastal structure to prevent erosion at his resort.
Trump's Doonbeg Golf Resort, located on the Atlantic coast, applied to Country Clare Council in March to build a 20-meter-wide defense barrier, or sea-wall, in order to protect the resort from 30-meter waves that are eroding the coastline which is dotted with sand dunes.