President Donald Trump rekindled his assault on climate science Tuesday morning by peddling a bogus claim he saw on Fox & Friends, his favorite executive time program.
Specifically, Trump was parroting Patrick Moore, a climate contrarian that who was invited onto Fox & Friends as a reward for referring to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a “pompous little twit.”
Moore said on Fox that Greenpeace has been “hijacked by the extreme left” to sell “sensationalism, misinformation, and fear.”
This so tickled Trump that he even added a “wow!” after quoting Moore on Twitter.
“Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.”
Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” @foxandfriends Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
Greenpeace quickly smacked down Moore & Trump and included a link outlining its support for AOC’s Green New Deal.
“Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace,” the group tweeted to Trump, reiterating what it has said about Moore for years. “He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about
@AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.”
Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019
Climate deniers are trying to delegitimize it, the truth is that most people in this country support the #GreenNewDeal & support policies like ending fossil fuel subsidies. Wow! https://t.co/u0chD1Ne0H
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019
The science of human-driven climate change is supported by overwhelming observational and experimental data to the point of being “unequivocal” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This conclusion is shared by NASA and virtually every reputable scientific body and political party in the developed world except the GOP.
Moore is a paid lobbyist whose job it is to sow doubt and drive profits for polluters.
1) Patrick Moore is not a founder of Greenpeace.
2) He's been an energy lobbyist for 30 years.
3) Trump spreads climate denial when his own administration dropped a report that says climate change will shrink the US economy and kill thousands of people. https://t.co/gnaqRoNnG7
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) March 12, 2019
1) Guy didn't found Greenpeace. He was fired after working for them b/c he was a fraud.
2) He actually has spent 30 years on the payroll of big polluters.
But, sure Jan.https://t.co/hkjANLbLCn
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) March 12, 2019
Trump’s willful ignorance, shared by the Republican Party, is extremely dangerous.
This is false, & what's more it's blindingly stupid. Thousands of scientists worldwide have independently found reams of evidence for #climatechange. But hey, you already knew that, & you're just trying to poke your base with a stick to distract them from your corruption.
— Jess Phoenix 🌋🏳️🌈🤠 (@jessphoenix2018) March 12, 2019
• Nils Bildt (Swedish “Defense & National Security Advisor”)
•Wayne Simmons (“CIA Operative”)
•Dr. Gina Loudon (fake psychology doctor)
•John Garafalo – Fake Navy Seal
and many more.
— LadyMephisto (@lisaelyea) March 12, 2019
Twitter threw the gauntlet down on Trump.
Climate denialism and inaction imperils us all.
'There is climate and weather around the world.' Really, you're a moron. No wonder you hide your grades and taxes.
— Jay Montgomery (@5731965i) March 12, 2019
The world would be a much better place had you never been born. Don't get me wrong, I do not have any thoughts, plans or intentions of harming you.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 12, 2019
Our generation is beyond thankful that you are the last of a dying breed.
You and the idiots at Fox and Friends will be a couple of dinosaurs I’m okay with going extinct.
— James Parkley (@jnarls) March 12, 2019
That’s our #STUPOTUS and his accomplice in their goal of making the American public the dumbest people on Earth. Lying for sport, Russian bribes, and the profit of an Australian and Saudi run business.
They definitely have America’s best interests in mind…
— Mike Keenan (@hirekeenan) March 12, 2019
Thank goodness Greenpeace never backs down from a fight. There is too much at stake.
Thank you for setting this straight.
— Michele V. (@RubyRos55925208) March 12, 2019
Thank you, Greenpeace, for fact-checking Donald Mar-a-Lago and his state-run TV network, Fox.
— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) March 12, 2019
YES!!!! Thank you for speaking up @greenpeaceusa 🙌🏼 ilysm
— Kira Nopely (@lyricsnlife) March 12, 2019
According to actual experts, we only have about a dozen years left to do anything to mitigate the damage carbon emissions are causing, although some scientists think we may already be past the point of no return.