In what could be his most ignorant tweet yet, Donald Trump made the case that the planet needs climate change because of a recent cold snap throughout the United States.
Here was the 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
It’s true that we’re experiencing record cold temperatures. New York City is forecasted to have the coldest New Year’s Eve celebration since the 1960’s. The scientifically illiterate Trump supporters believe that this disproves climate change. In reality, climate change is about what’s happening over long periods of time, not just a single cold spell.
Here’s an analogy Trump may understand. Climate change is a someone’s net worth, while the weather is what they have in their pocket that day. A billionaire may not have any money in his pocket one day, but that doesn’t mean they are poor. A regular Joe may have found a few thousand dollars and stuffed his wallet, but it doesn’t mean he’s rich.
This isn’t the first time Trump attacked climate change. In the past, he has called it a “Chinese hoax.”
Ironically, just last week Trump gained approval to build sea walls on his golf course in Ireland. The walls will protect from rising sea waters that are eroding three of the fairways at the course. Orginal versions of his applications to build the walls referenced climate change as the reason they needed to be built.
Here are some of the responses on Twitter.
The president is still the world’s leading proponent of the world’s stupidest talking point about climate change. pic.twitter.com/N8ThtBABc6
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) December 29, 2017
And there we go.
This statement gets made each year by an idiot that doesn’t understand CLIMATE CHANGE.
That idiot this year was our President. pic.twitter.com/ptmZzN5Cap
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) December 29, 2017
Climate change is about long-term trends: “2017 has seen far more record highs than record lows… Over the last 365 days, there have been roughly 3 record high temperatures in the U.S. for every record low temperature, according to federal gov’t data.” https://t.co/3hjD0CX2kg https://t.co/pI8SEZzmdC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 29, 2017
You don’t know the difference between “weather” and “climate.” Climate Change describes long term impact while weather is a temporary, unpleasant condition like your presidency. pic.twitter.com/yJhx7pUbu4
— Joe Fitrzyk ? (@JoeFitrzyk) December 29, 2017
Using climate change as an argument against climate change is quite an amazing accomplishment https://t.co/WGGYE9H74a
— Eric Nathaniel Barstoolious III (@BarstoolNate) December 29, 2017
A man with literally every piece of information in the world at his fingertips looks at COLDEST NEW YEARS EVE ON RECORD and comes up with “yeah, climate change isn’t real” https://t.co/hHEwXL1YZb
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) December 29, 2017
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Please let someone preserve this tweet forever so that future generations at least know why the American government didn’t take action to deal with the climate change crisis that now afflicts them https://t.co/FyV2dlbNzE
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) December 29, 2017
It’s not global warming, it’s climate change you dunce! I cannot believe that the President of the United States cannot or chooses not to comprehend the settled science of climate change. You are a detriment to my generation, and to all generations thereafter.
— jt (@n_y_jet) December 29, 2017
Believe it or not, global climate change is very real even if it’s cold outside Trump Tower right now. Just like there is still hunger in the world, even if you just had a Big Mac. https://t.co/VCGyGRWGCJ
— Jon Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) December 29, 2017