Today, a truly astounding report from Bloomberg detailed how China's Vice Foreign Minister had to explicitly deny the preposterous claim that China started the idea of global warming as a hoax. Of course, they had to do so because President-elect Donald Trump once tweeted the following:
Say what you will about the man, it is honesty impressive that he never deleted that tweet.
A Chinese official, Minister Liu Zhenmin, reportedly responded at United Nations global warming talks on Wednesday: "If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s."
According to The Verge, he's referring to a climate change panel created by the United Nations to investigate what we now call global warming. He's saying China didn't start those negotiations, so there's no reason to think China created global warming as a hoax to—you know what, no, there's no reason to explain this. China did not start global warming as a hoax.
Zhenmin may as well have said: "Yo, we didn't create climate change, what the actual f***?"
Oh, and all this is going down at a conference in Morocco, where representatives from around the world have gathered to "decide on the finer points" of the historic Paris agreement to fight climate change.
What a time to be alive, right?