Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Save America" in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Former US President Donald Trump has scoffed at the deepening climate crisis. “We’re going to have a little more beachfront property, which isn’t the worst thing in the world,” he said at a campaign appearance in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday night. “I’ve heard that the oceans will increase by an eighth of an inch over the next 300 years. We have bigger problems than that.” He left open what the source of this number is supposed to be. Congressional elections are coming up in the United States in November.

The Republican had withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate protection agreement during his tenure. His democratic successor Joe Biden immediately reversed the step after taking office at the beginning of last year and led the USA back into the agreement. Biden has declared the fight against climate change as one of his most important goals.

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During his campaign appearance, Trump left open whether he wanted to run again in the 2024 presidential election. He merely announced: “We will retake our magnificent White House.” He also used his speech to repeat his unsubstantiated allegations that massive election fraud had cost him a second term as US President. “We didn’t have to worry about that in Alaska because we won,” the Republican said.

In Anchorage, Trump said of Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump over the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, that she was “worse than a Democrat.”

With his appearance on Saturday, Trump supports the arch-conservative Sarah Palin, once a vice-presidential candidate, who is running for a seat in the US House of Representatives. She wants to take Alaska’s seat, which was vacated last month following the sudden death of Republican Don Young, who represented the state in the House of Representatives for 49 years. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives will be up for grabs in the November 8 election.

Trump called on voters to send the “great, legendary Palin” to Washington. Palin was the butt of ridicule during the 2008 election campaign when, as a vice presidential candidate, she claimed she could see Russia from her home in Alaska.