President says the existence of winter means climate change is a myth
Most of us understand by now that climate change is real — everyone from NASA to NOAA tells us so. But there are still some people out there who argue that because it can get really cold during the winter, global warming can’t be real. Which is kind of like saying that there can’t be people starving in the world because you’re eating a sandwich.
One such climate change denier is our own president, who tweeted his poorly-informed opinion about it yesterday and was quickly taken to task for it.
On Thursday, President Trump sent out a tweet arguing that global warming isn’t real because it’s going to be cold in New York on New Year’s Eve.
(Or: “I mean, I’ve got four different kinds of meat on this pizza, and you’re going to tell me that people in Uganda are hungry? Get out of here.”)
Yes, President Trump, the voice of The Uninformed And Paranoid, thinks climate change isn’t real because it’s cold. He even went so far as to joke about us needing some of that “good old Global Warming.” Meanwhile, the number of climate-related disasters worldwide has more than tripled since 1980, but, you know…good joke.
Twitter, of course, went to work on Trump immediately:
This last tweet is an excellent reminder of the fact that Trump has access to information from the best scientists in the world but refuses to listen to them. He would rather saddle up with people like journalist Christopher Booker, who has argued that climate change isn’t real because there was more ice in the Northern Hemisphere in January than there was the previous August. The one minor flaw is his argument is, as The Guardian put it: “Booker appear[s] incapable of distinguishing between summer and winter.”
There’s also Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, who once brought a snowball to the floor of the Senate and said, out loud, where people could hear him: “In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record…You know what this is? It’s a snowball. Just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out.”
Those are the kind of people that President Trump is aligning himself with. Not 97% of climate scientists, who believe that global warming is real and that the link between human activities and climate change is as strong as the link between smoking and cancer. Nope. It’s the guy who used a snowball to prove that it’s cold. That’s the kind of intellectual rigor our President puts his faith in.
On the plus side, this does provide us with an easy solution to the problem:
On the minus side, it’s bewilderingly and dangerously wrong. But, whatever. Thanks, polar bears! You had a good run. You too, Los Angeles. And all people everywhere? I think I’ll miss you most of all.