The contradictions abound from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Trump has stated numerous times he believes climate change is a conspiracy initiated by the Chinese. Therefore it is curious that Trump’s campaign’s CEO Steve Bannon used to be the director of an environmental biosphere.
In 1991 a company funded by billionaire Edward Bass called “Space Biosphere Ventures” attempted to have eight individuals live within a biosphere for two years. During the two-year period, the individuals were to not leave and survive on food they grew themselves, along with recycling their waste. The point of the project was to prove human beings could colonize distant planets using a similar methodology. The project, however, was a complete disaster after Bass spent $200 million when the biosphere became overrun with insects.
When disaster strikes individuals call Steve Bannon, apparently. Long before he took over Breitbart News after the death of Andrew Breitbart, Bannon was doing damage control for Space Biosphere Ventures. When Bannon took over the project he shifted its focus from surviving on an alien planet’s surface, to planetary research. Yes, Bannon was the CEO of a company whose entire purpose was to research climate change.
During a 1995 interview with C-Span Bannon said, “A lot of the scientists who are studying global change and studying the effects of greenhouse gases, many of them feel that the Earth’s atmosphere in 100 years is what Biosphere 2’s atmosphere is today. We have extraordinarily high CO2, we have very high nitrous oxide, we have high methane. And we have lower oxygen content. So the power of this place is allowing those scientists who are really involved in the study of global change, and which, in the outside world or Biosphere 1, really have to work with just computer simulation, this actually allows them to study and monitor the impact of enhanced CO2 and other greenhouse gases on humans, plants, and animals.”
The bizarre contradiction of Trump not believing in climate change, while his number one campaign employee ran a climate change research facility, is staggering. When boasting about Bannon’s acumen, Trump has not once brought up Bannon’s time at Space Biosphere Ventures, and for good reason. If Trump were to acknowledge Bannon’s history, Trump would expose himself as a hypocrite.