Global warming hasn't gone away despite cold

Jo Lloyd
February 2, 2019

As the US' Midwest prepares for a polar vortex bringing deadly, low temperatures, the country's president found it an opportune time to tweet against climate change research without quite understanding the difference between "climate" and "weather".

"'Climate change' once referred to outcomes measured via statistics ('detection') tracked over decades", University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr. noted Wednesday on Twitter.

Just days after striking a deal with Democrats to halt the longest government shutdown in USA history, Trump fell victim to the classic folly of mistaking weather for climate: "In the handsome Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded", he tweeted. Truth is the President is taking a shot at Climate Change, maybe even trying to be amusing.

Alone among the world's major political parties, the Republicans deny the existence of global warming. This stalling of weather patterns, it states, 'can cause long-lived weather conditions such as cold spells in winter and heat waves in summer.' With his tweets - pleading 'Please come back fast, we need you!' - Trump's efforts to trivialize global warming are especially irresponsible.

"A poisonous cocktail of right-wing ideology, distrust of distant Washington, and fear of short-term job losses will continue to make it hard to implement any sort of federal legislation to tackle climate change", the study says. As a result, he pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, making us the only industrial nation not to participate. Fantastic how big this system is. People can't last outside even for minutes. "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!" Punishing cold snaps are still expected in a warming world, just fewer of them. We chose to skip over those tweets to avoid too much redundancy for readers.

Many are viewing it as a rebuttal to Trump's tweet the evening before asking what happened to global warming amid life-threatening cold.

The same applies for the below tweets - we have deliberately weened out the repetitive tweets.

Although the Republican president's tweet was liked 51k times, it also left his critics irked and they slammed him for not knowing the difference between climate and weather. None of this, however, seems to be reaching the same man who once called global warming a hoax by the Chinese.

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