It was a winter of record snowfall two years ago when Donald Trump’s reported running mate made a daring comment about climate change. “We haven’t seen a lot of warming lately,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said during a February interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC.
It turns out that same year, 2014, would go down as the warmest since records began in 1880. The status was short-lived. The following year would supplant it as having the highest average temperature in the instrumental record, according to NASA.
He has also questioned whether human activity resulting in the release of greenhouse gases could alter the climate. “Well, look, I don’t know that that is a resolved issue in science today,” Pence said in the MSNBC interview in 2014, referring to people’s role in warming.
“I know we’re talking about climate change,” he added. “But a few years ago, we were talking about global warming. We haven’t seen a lot of warming lately. I remember back in the ‘70s when we were talking about the coming ice age.”