Donald Trump Says 'We Need' Global Warming as Extreme Cold Weather Approaches the Midwest
President Donald Trump is sharing his thoughts on global warming ahead of the arctic conditions expected in parts of the country this week.
In a message posted to Twitter on Monday, Trump, 72, claimed that we “need global warming” in order to prevent the extreme cold weather conditions from returning to the Midwest.
By Wednesday, dangerously cold wind chills caused by a displaced polar vortex are expected to drop temperatures in the Midwest near negative 30F and the wind chill could be as low as negative 50F or 60F — the lowest they’ve been in more than two decades, Weather.com reported.
“In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes,” he tweeted.
“What the hell is going on with Global Waming? [sic] Please come back fast, we need you!” Trump added.
Though he claimed global warming was necessary to fight off the frigid temperatures, in actuality, it’s part of what is causing the record-breaking cold weather.
According to National Geographic, global warming is defined as the gradual increase of the Earth’s atmospheric temperature mostly due to the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Because the Earth’s climate is changing so rapidly, the environment is prone to extreme weather events, including these uncharacteristically cold winters.
As the Associated Press reported, “weather refers to the atmospheric conditions during a shorter period, while climate is a longer view of weather patterns.”
CNN has also previously noted that, according to climate scientists, linking temperatures in a certain location to the existence of global warming is an entirely inaccurate way to view global warming.
In response to his tweet, several users mocked the president for his incorrect words and misunderstanding of climate change versus weather.
“Weather isn’t climate. They teach this in 5th grade science,” wrote one person.
“It wasn’t even that long ago when Trump claimed that climate change didn’t exist because it was cold outside in Washington, DC. There is a huge difference between weather and climate that Trump just doesnt understand or intentionally misleads people,” added someone else.
“how ridiculous are you? This is the most despicable thought I would have ever imagined from a world leader,” wrote another user. “Your kind have ruined the planet for the coming generations and you use it as a throwaway line.”
This is not the first time that Trump has spoken out about his thoughts on global warming.
In December 2017, the president suggested that global warming doesn’t exist — but, once again, thought it could help against the cold.
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Bundle up!”
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Despite Trump’s assertion, CNN reported that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and the third consecutive year to rank hotter than all previous years, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
2018 came in at the fourth-hottest year on record, according to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization.