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Though moderator Lester Holt did not ask a specific question on climate change during the first presidential debate last night, Rolling Stone said, "Trump's big debate lie on global warming" became the "most important exchange of the night."
After just 18 minutes of the debate, conversation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump quickly transitioned to renewable energy jobs as they discussed the economy. During that exchange, Clinton slipped in the well-known fact that Trump believes climate change is "a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese." Though he has called climate change a hoax numerous times since 2012, he still interrupted Clinton to reject that claim.
Here are 11 times Donald Trump called climate change a hoax--compiled by the Sierra Club Political Committee--despite him telling 100 million people last night that he never said it:
1. Donald Trump on climate change policy on Fox News:
2. Donald Trump's interview on the O'Reilly Factor in July:
3. Tweet from December 2013:
We should be focused on magnificently clean and healthy air and not distracted by the expensive hoax that is global warming!
9:38 AM - 6 Dec 2013
4. Tweet from December 2013:
Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!
9:13 AM - 6 Dec 2013
5. Tweet from December 2013:
We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!
6:30 AM - 28 Dec 2013
6. Tweet from January 2014:
NBC News just called it the great freeze - coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?
5:48 PM - 25 Jan 2014
7. Tweet from January 2014:
Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don't believe it $$$$!
3:40 PM - 26 Jan 2014
8. Tweet from January 2014:
Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!
12:27 AM - 29 Jan 2014
9. Tweet from January 2014:
The weather has been so cold for so long that the global warming HOAXSTERS were forced to change the name to climate change to keep $ flow!
12:36 AM - 29 Jan 2014
10. Tweet from January 2014:
Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air - not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.
12:44 AM - 29 Jan 2014
11. Tweet from February 2014:
Massive record setting snowstorm and freezing temperatures in U.S. Smart that GLOBAL WARMING hoaxsters changed name to CLIMATE CHANGE! $$$$
4:57 AM - 5 Feb 2014