With bitterly cold temperatures gripping much of the US, President Trump has returned to a familiar theme: Mocking global warming. "In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record," Trump tweeted Thursday. "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!" This is the first time he has tweeted about the subject as president, though he has made dozens of similar remarks when the temperature has dipped in previous years, including in October 2015, when he tweeted: "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze ... Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!" Some reactions:
- Long-term trends. Scientists once again pointed out that weather and climate are not the same thing—and 2017 is still expected to be one of the hottest years on record. "Climate change will not occur evenly from place-to-place. While your backyard may be having an intense cold snap, others may be having unseasonably warm temperatures," Zack Labe at the University of California, Irvine, tells USA Today. "Climate is all about long-term trends."