Law and Critique

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 119–126 | Cite as

The Denier-in-Chief: Climate Change, Science and the Election of Donald J. Trump

  • Kari De PryckEmail author
  • François Gemenne


The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States reminded us that climate deniers are anything but endangered species. In this short paper, we discuss President Trump’s position on climate change in the wider context of climate controversies and denial. In particular, we put it into perspective with other notorious contrarian leaders and their influence on national and international climate politics. Finally, we provide a brief analysis of President Trump discourses on climate change and discuss them in light of reflections about post-truth politics.


Climate controversies Climate denial Contrarian leaders Climate politics Post-truth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CERI, Sciences PoParisFrance
  2. 2.Global Studies Institute/Département de Science Politique et Relations InternationalesUniversité de GenèveGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Politics of the Earth, Sciences PoParisFrance
  4. 4.The Hugo ObservatoryUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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