Scientists Are Losing It At Trump's Latest Tweet

In what is now somewhat a winter tradition, the President of the United States has again used the fact that the weather is briefly cold in one country to try to debunk the global trend of climate change.

It's far from the first time Trump has confused climate with the weather. 

"Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond," Trump wrote in 2014. "Global warming is an expensive hoax!"

However, it's pretty disheartening to see a sitting President who thinks global climate change backed up by years and years of scientific evidence is nonsense because it's a bit nippy in Texas. 

“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” he Tweeted in November, denying evidence from his own government's climate change reports.

In his latest tweet, the President actively invited global warming, perhaps the biggest threat to our planet right now.

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Twitter users were quick to point out flaws in his logic.

As ever, many scientists and non-scientists set about patiently explaining the difference between climate and weather to a President who isn't listening.

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As many people pointed out, the weather may fluctuate but the overall trend is that global temperature is rising and has been doing so for a very long time. Scientists have even suggested that climate change may make extreme weather events more likely.

NASA Earth Observatory

“One down day on the Dow Jones doesn’t mean the economy is going to trash,” Jason Furtado, an assistant professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, patiently explained to the Washington Post. “One cold day doesn’t suddenly mean that the general trend in global climate change is suddenly going in the opposite direction.”

However, Donald Trump has Tweeted well over 50 times in denial of climate change, and scientists and non-scientists alike are beginning to lose their patience. 

"The President of the United States is breathtakingly ignorant," Brian Klaas wrote on Twitter. "Recall that he previously fabricated the insane claim that the Chinese government invented climate change. It's objectively bonkers and ignorant and we shouldn't pretend otherwise simply because he's the president."

Other Twitter users mocked Trump for his childlike grasp of climate change, and questioned whether he stops believing in gravity the moment he takes off in a plane.

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Even Ice T lost his cool and he has ice in his name.

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Somewhat depressingly, it's likely this latest round of people explaining basic science to the President will have no effect on his views on climate change and he'll tweet roughly the same thing the next time he's feeling chilly.

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