Trump blasted by social media for not understanding climate change

Trump blasted by social media for not understanding climate change

"Please come back fast, we need you!"

Trump's Monday tweet comes ahead of winter storms that are expected to hit the Upper Midwest and part of the Deep South and Northeast by midweek, making travel conditions treacherous.

As Chicago and much of the Midwest braced for a unsafe blast of Arctic air - the worst in recent memory - President Trump leaped at the chance to take a questionable swipe at one of his favorite targets, global warming.

Late Monday, Trump tweeted about the brutal and risky wind chills hitting the middle of the country, and even asked global "waming" (sic) to "please come back fast".

He tweeted, "In the handsome Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder", Trump tweeted Monday evening.

The Earth as a whole - and it is global warming, not USA warming - on Tuesday is 0.54 degrees (0.3 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1979 to 2000 average and 1.6 degrees warmer than it was on average about 100 years ago, according to data from the University of Maine's Climate Reanalyzer and NASA. "People can't last outside even for minutes", he tweeted this afternoon.

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The NOAA Climate account tweeted a post Tuesday morning that featured a cartoon drawing and a link to a 2015 post debunking claims by climate change deniers who have pointed to winter storms as proof that global warming is a myth.

The Toronto Star's Washington correspondent, Daniel Dale, publicly grappled with whether Trump's latest foolish remarks deserved any attention. I don't think it's a hoax.

However, the extremely cold weather was expected to last a few days.

Once again, Trump is confusing weather with climate - the temperature outside in a given place at a given time says nothing about global temperature trends. Or, to use an analogy Trump might appreciate, weather is how much money you have in your pocket today, whereas climate is your net worth.

"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record". And global warming may be playing a direct role in this: there is a theory that as areas near the North Pole warm more than two times faster than the rest of the globe, it weakens the polar vortex, displacing cold air masses southward into Europe, Asia and the United States.

It's not the first time the president has gotten major climate change facts wrong.

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