"They just don't believe in science" - Eamon Ryan hits out at Trump team's views on climate change

The Green Party leader suggests we have to "rid ourselves the dependency on American oil"

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The leader of the Green Party says the world is going to have to fight against the 'lunacy' of Trump when it comes to climate change.

The new US President-elect has been openly critical of environmental concerns.

In a widely shared tweet from 2012, the businessman claimed that concept of global warning was 'created by and for the Chinese':

Over the weekend Reuters reported that Trump's team is looking for the quickest way to withdraw from the international Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force earlier this month.

The President-elect's hostility to environmental concerns comes despite the overwhelming scientific consensus and concerns over the impact of human activity on climate change.

Yesterday, the latest data indicated that this year is set to be the hottest globally on record.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) figures put us within just one degree of 'catastrophic' temperatures.

The Green Party's Eamon Ryan has a plan to work around Donald Trump.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Deputy Ryan said: "It's not just Trump, but the people he's appointing [...] they just don't believe in science."

He suggested that "we double our efforts to say no in Europe and elsewhere, to actually rid ourselves the dependency on American oil.

"Let's actually go to better alternative future and leave American behind," he added.

Meanwhile, Climate Action and Environment Minister Denis Naughten is in Marrakech this week leading the Irish delegation at COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference.

The conference will mark the start of negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement, which almost 200 countries have signed up to.

Minister Naughten has also raised concerns about Donald Trump's stance.

"There is a renewed determination among the member states from around the globe here - including some of the very big players - to actually plough ahead on the delivery of the Paris Agreement with or without the United States.

"I have to say the US representatives here are very strong advocates in relation to the implementation of the Paris Agreement," he stressed. "What happens after the 20th of January, we don't know."