It’s no secret that the president’s priorities are not in line with those held to by, quite frankly, the vast majority of the American population and even the population of the world. He makes up problems that don’t exist so he can win people to his side in a war that doesn’t need to be fought.
One of the real world issues that Trump has consistently dismissed is that of climate change. He dismissed the issue’s significance before ever rising to political prominence, and he’s repeated those dismissals since taking office.
Now, the American Meteorological Society has lashed out at the president for his latest dismissal of climate change, which came just this past weekend.
During an interview with the always incendiary Piers Morgan, Trump commented:
‘There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place.’
The American Meteorological Society has had enough of this kind of nonsense from the president, and in a letter sent to him this week, executive director of the American Meteorological Society Keith Seitter pointed the president to the government’s own data as a rebuttal to his most recent dismissal of climate change.
Seitter wrote, speaking of Trump’s above mentioned comments to Morgan:
‘Unfortunately, these and other climate-related comments in the interview are not consistent with scientific observations from around the globe, nor with scientific conclusions based on these observations. U.S. Executive Branches such as NASA and NOAA have been central to developing these observations and assessing their implications.’
Officials in the Trump administration are clearly aware of the government-produced data related to climate change, considering the fact that there was a firestorm over the administration being believed to be moving to curb the collection — and even preservation — of that data.
Interestingly, reports even note that the first weather satellite to be sent to space in the Trump era — first set to go up last fall — includes capabilities to measure climate change, but the Trump administration chose to stay away from publicizing that information.
In other words, although the American Meteorological Society seems intent to perhaps assume the best and suggest that it’s a simple lack of info behind the president’s flubs, the reality is that he and his team just don’t seem to care.
Seitter finished off his letter by asserting that he and his group stand “ready to provide assistance in connecting Executive Branch staff” with the climate change related “knowledge and expertise” required to effectively execute environmental policy in the modern era.
Trump’s willing ignorance of the data that Seitter referenced stretches back through recent history and through his policy decisions as president.
Last year, for instance, he moved to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, that landmark agreement reached in the end of the Obama era setting standards for global action on climate change.
More recently, the president mocked the idea of climate change on Twitter during a particularly brutal cold spell on the East Coast.
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