A anti-global warming argument made regularly by President Donald Trump received a surprising response — from one of his own government agencies, the NOAA
In a tweet Tuesday morning, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wrote, “Winter storms don’t prove that global warming isn’t happening” along with a cartoonish illustration of how warming ocean temperatures feed moisture to storms.
The tweet included a link to an article on the NOAA’s government website that debunks the question “are record snowstorms proof that global warming isn’t happening?” No, according to the agency: “There are plenty of places where winter temperatures would have to rise by 10, 20, even 30 degrees Fahrenheit before it would stop snowing. Until then, snowstorms remain quite possible.”
The NOAA’s message did not mention the president by name but the connection seemed obvious. On Monday, Trump tweeted about the devastatingly cold temperatures sweeping through the Midwest: “What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”
(He also forgot the “r” in “warming,” in the latest example of his penchant for minor spelling and grammar gaffes on Twitter.)
As the Washington Post notes, Trump — a global warming skeptic, despite widespread scientific consensus — “has often used the weather of the moment, rather than long-term changes in the climate” to air his misgivings.
In December 2017, he wrote: “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.”
“Even in a warming climate, you still expect to get extreme and sometimes record lows occurring — they’ll just be occurring less frequently,” Texas A&M University professor Andrew Dessler told the Post.
Dessler said he wasn’t “sure exactly what to make” of the president’s global warming tweet this week. “But I think in this case Trump’s signaling to his base that he doesn’t take climate change seriously.”