When you’ve lost your own government — something is wrong. This week, President Donald Trump again mocked climate change, this time in light of an ongoing cold snap rocking parts of the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) itself shot back, sharing info via its social media outlining how, quite simply:
‘Winter storms don’t prove that global warming isn’t happening.’
— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) January 29, 2019
They did not explicitly tie their info to the president’s comments — but it emerged only hours after he offered them. Alongside that caption, they linked to a post on NOAA’s “Climate.Gov” website laying out how the persistence of winter storms has absolutely nothing to do with the question of whether or not the climate is changing — let alone thanks to human activity — no matter how many times the president resuscitates the same inane “joke.”
Monday night, Trump ranted on Twitter:
‘In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!’
He is correct that temperatures across the Midwest are dipping into record lows. On Wednesday, Chicago will be colder than Mount Everest, Antarctica, and Siberia, with a high of just 12 degrees below zero.
Trump is however desperately wrong when it comes to the implication of this fact, although he’s not likely to offer any kind of course correction anytime soon. He’s used this exact same reasoning during other cold snaps before. This is the guy who’s repeatedly insisted that he’s great with technology despite little evidence to suggest as much — and evidence to the contrary, like that he reportedly spent months dismissing internal pushes for security checks of the iPhone he uses for Twitter as “too inconvenient.”
Years ago, in an infamous example of his testy at best relationship with the truth about climate change, Trump claimed global warming was a hoax invented by the Chinese. (He’s still going after the Chinese today, although not over global warming. A “cease fire” in an exchange of tariffs he kickstarted is nearing its previously set conclusion.)
More recently, he told 60 Minutes:
‘I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made.’
The standard should not be whether or not the president of the United States acknowledges tangible reality as definitely not a hoax — but here we are.
The Trump administration has the power to work to counter climate change, yet we’re mired in the question of whether we can get the commander-in-chief to even acknowledge reality or not.
He’s long already announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which close to every other country on the planet had signed onto, agreeing to work towards a set of standards for countering climate change. The forever contrarian Trump declared that the agreement didn’t do enough for American business — which eventually won’t be around unless he starts taking the realities of the situation seriously.
Check out Twitter’s response to NOAA…
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