Trump Falsely Claims Winter Cold Weather Disproves Global Warming
President Donald Trump parroted a decades-old denial of global warming that has been debunked numerous times.
Trump tweeted that the U.S. needed global warming to keep warm during the winter:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Before the president posted his false claim, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang tweeted how people who believe there is no global warming during winter are wrong:
U.S. to be coldest region in world relative to normal over next week. Please note rest of world will be much warmer than normal lest anyone try to claim pocket of cold in U.S. debunks global warming, which they will invariably and irresponsibly do. https://t.co/hzocqUrfKp https://t.co/4uA4fJUAyV
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) December 27, 2017
The Weather Channel tweeted how weather and climate change patterns are two different things. A simple concept that has escaped the grasp of the president:
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
Trump’s own National Climate Assessment report debunks his climate change denial by warning of 18 degrees warming in the Arctic, sea levels rising a foot over the next decade and dust-bowlification if the Trump administration continues its denial policies.