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Report: Trump Is Trying to Protect His Irish Golf Resort From Climate Change

Trump has called climate change a "hoax."

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 10: Donald Trump plays a round of golf after the opening of The Trump International Golf Links Course on July 10, 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland. The controversial £100m course opens to the public on Sunday July 15. Further plans to build hotels and homes on the site have been put on hold until a decision has been made on the building of an offshore windfarm nearby. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)\n

Donald Trump is trying to build a wall. This one to protect his Irish golf resort from the effects of global warming, according to Politico.

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland (Screenshot: www.trumphotelcollection.com)

Although the presumptive Republican nominee has called climate change “a total hoax” and “pseudoscience,” he is concerned about the risk it presents to his seaside golf resort in Ireland.

Trump is applying for a permit to build a seawall next to Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland in County Clare to protect the property from the effects of climate change, according to Politico, which viewed the application for the permit. The outlet reported that the permit included an environmental impact statement claiming that the erosion caused by a rising sea level could damage the property.

“In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring," the application states, adding, "As a result, we would expect the rate of dune recession to increase.”

“The existing erosion rate will continue and worsen, due to sea level rise, in the next coming years, posing a real and immediate risk to most of the golf course frontage and assets,” it continues.

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Former Vice President Al Gore, now a climate change activist, criticized Trump’s position on the issue during an interview Monday on NBC's "Today," adding that he hopes Trump proves to be “malleable” on the issue should he be elected president.

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