Scientists Slam Trump Tweet on 'Good Old Global Warming' - Page 2

He says we could 'use a little bit of it'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2017 5:19 AM CST
Updated Dec 29, 2017 6:17 AM CST

  • "Nobody ever said winter would go away." Other researchers stressed that cold snaps are becoming rarer, including Matthew England at the University of New South Wales, who calls Trump's remarks "an ignorant misconception of the way the Earth’s climate works." "Nobody ever said winter would go away under global warming, but winter has become much milder and the record cold days are being far outnumbered by record warm days and heat extremes," he tells the Guardian. "Climate change is not overturned by a few unusually cold days in the US."
  • An analogy for Trump. The New York Times, which notes that Trump has posted more than 100 tweets skeptical of climate change, has an analogy it thinks he will appreciate: "Weather is how much money you have in your pocket today, whereas climate is your net worth. A billionaire who has forgotten his wallet one day is not poor, anymore than a poor person who lands a windfall of several hundred dollars is suddenly rich. What matters is what happens over the long term."
  • The North American Weather Dipole. The Washington Post looks at the phenomenon, believed to be affected by climate change, that is causing freezing temperatures in the eastern states and forest fires in the West. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider predicts that it will make this New Year's Eve the third-coldest in the eastern US since 1948.
  • Deep freeze. The AP reports that Trump is definitely right about one thing: People should bundle up. Prolonged cold weather is forecast for almost half the country, from the Midwest to the Northeast, and authorities are scrambling to provide extra help for the homeless and the elderly.
  • Different strategy. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice, noting that Trump was tweeting from Florida, urged him to do more to help. "Instead of tweeting like a child who hates science class, if you're so worried about the cold you could always send your 45M+ followers info about how to find shelter, prevent hypothermia & frost bite, prevent pipes from freezing, protect their pets, etc.," she tweeted.

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