It’s cold outside, so global warming must not be real: this according to Donald Trump, who clearly doesn’t understand science and believes that the devastating effects of climate change are all a giant joke.
As CNN reported, a cold snap is gripping the East Coast, with temperatures reaching record lows in some places. To the 45th president, that’s a sure sign that global warming isn’t real, according to a Thursday tweet.
“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
Clearly the president doesn’t understand science – or at the very least, considers it an inconvenience to his agenda.
Trump’s History Of Ignoring Climate Change
This is not the first time Trump has acted as if climate change is a joke. In fact, it appears to be a running theme of his, going back to well before he announced his decision to run for president.
Back in 2012, he tweeted that New York, at the time experiencing a brutal winter storm, could use some global warming. Again in 2013, he equated ice storms in the South to evidence that climate change isn’t real.
“Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I’m in Los Angeles and it’s freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”
1) There is a difference between #weather and #climate.
2) Short-term #cold snaps will continue to occur in a warming climate.
3) 2017 will likely be a top three warmest year on record for the globe.
(Graphic: Univ. of Maine – Climate Change Institute) https://t.co/kzuugeXi80 pic.twitter.com/gueOsp4yvu
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 29, 2017
And of course, Trump famously pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords, in the process pandering to voters in Pennsylvania (at one time a prosperous coal-mining region).
“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”
And let us not forget that the Trump administration’s solution to climate change, as The Guardian reported in August, is to simply ban the term from government documents.
Weather And Climate Aren’t The Same Thing
Of course, pretending climate change isn’t real isn’t going to make it go away. And invoking local weather conditions, while ignoring the larger picture, isn’t going to make it go away either.
The local weather patterns that govern temperature, precipitation, and so on, all continue to go on as they have for billions of years; that much is true. But the reality is that, local conditions here or there aside, the Earth is getting warmer – that’s beyond dispute.
According to a report from the World Meteorological Organization, 2016 was the hottest year on record, as was 2015 before that, and 2014 before that. Similarly, 2017 is on pace to become to hottest year ever, making four consecutive years in which the global temperature was hotter than the year before it.
Similarly, as NBC News reported, a study released this year showed that climate change is here to stay. The average temperature of the Earth has increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 100 years, and sea levels have risen by eight inches.
“A lot of what we’ve been learning over the last four years suggests the possibility that things may have been more serious than we think.”
Science is not an inconvenience and it’s not a joke: climate change is real, Donald Trump’s ridiculous joking aside.