President Donald Trump has stayed out of the climate change debate, until now.
In a new tweet, the President openly mocks what he called “good old global warming” while pointing out the extremely low temperatures the nation is facing.
Before he won the election, President Trump called global warming a hoax. However, before this tweet, he had not directly addressed the issue as President, and members of his administration have said he is committed to protecting the environment. However, the Trump administration has made a number of moves that environmentalists have opposed, including kickstarting the Keystone pipeline and removing some lands from their designation as federal parks.
In the tweet, the President exclaims “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!”
Here is the tweet from the President.
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
Fast facts: Most scientists agree human activity, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels, has been the primary contributor to Earth’s aggregate temperature going up this past century. That does not mean, though, that freezing cold weather, like the East Coast is experiencing right now, won’t happen in the future in many parts of the world. Climate change science is much more complicated than that, but citing cold weather is still a favorite line of politicians and others who doubt climate change is happening. Sen. James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, threw a snowball on the Senate floor in February 2015 to mock global warming.
One level deeper: Trump’s tweet was also mocking the Paris climate deal, a global accord virtually every country in the world except the United States supports. It calls on countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but as it stands the commitments wouldn’t cut emissions to the levels most scientists say is needed. America’s commitment under President Obama was actually relatively moderate — up to 28% cut in such emissions by 2025 based on 2005 levels, but the Trump administration pointed to conservative groups’ studies showing it could cripple the U.S. industrial economy while other countries, notably China, were called on to do less.
Surprisingly, the Trump administration released a report earlier this year that said human activity does cause climate change. However, it did not endorse many of the radical policies of Democrats and environmentalists.
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