President Donald Trump has once more makes scientist to question consensus behind climate change Wednesday night being that forecasters disclosed it possibly will be cold in parts of America this week.
Trump tweeted “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS, Whatever happened to Global Warming?” He is currently vacationing in 80-degree weather at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida for Thanksgiving.
Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
The comments seem to reference forecasts that parts of the Northeast might experience the coldest late November on record.
According to AccuWeather, the Thanksgiving weekend would be below freezing from New York City up to Maine, and meteorologists said millions of Americans could see the coldest holiday weekend in more than a century.
Nevertheless, Trump’s suggestion that cold weather means the climate isn’t changing is wrong. NASA notes that weather is a temporary event (raininess, cloudiness, humidity, etc.), though climate is a measurement of weather with time.
The agency disclose via a government website that “In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space, “An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms.”
The world’s scientists surprisingly agree that the climate is changing quickly, and the planet has already warmed intensely since pre-industrial times caused by human activity. A landmark scientific report released by 13 federal agencies last year made same conclusion.
Trump, however, has repeatedly expressed doubt about climate science and has appointed many similar officials to senior government positions, along with the leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department.
Climate scientists criticised the president’s message Wednesday, stating that there was “nothing unusual” about it being cold in November.
Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, in an to HuffPost “This demonstrates once again that Donald Trump is not an individual to be taken seriously on any topic, let alone matters as serious as climate change, “He is a clown — a dangerous clown.”
I know you're Mr. America-is-all-that-matters, but climate is actually a global phenomenon. Here's today's global weather map (oh, and red=hot.) As a whole, Earth is about 1.2 degrees above preindustrial temps today pic.twitter.com/kRaGd7cZF3
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) November 22, 2018
The president’s comments come as California is battling with the current effects of numerous massive wildfires, including the disturbing Camp fire that left not less than 81 people dead. It’s hard to pin any specific natural disaster to climate change, then, scientists note that California’s climate has been changing in recent decades, which may lead to fires happening more often and increasing far bigger.
Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby explained “The fact of the matter is if you look at the state of California, climate challenge is happening statewide,” later this month as the region was battling with another dreadful blaze.
He continued “It is going to be here for the foreseeable future.”
Trump visited the wrecks of Paradise, a town in Northern California that experience the impact of the Camp fire. When he was asked if he believed climate change had contributed to the blaze, the president objected, saying a “lot of factors” were to blame.
He said “I have a strong opinion, “I want great climate.”