President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that frigid temperatures in the Midwest were reason to distrust the scientific consensus on global warming.
Trump took the cold weather as evidence that climate change isn’t a threat to the earth and humanity, mockingly imploring global “waming” to “please come back fast, we need you!”
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. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
But, as most Americans know, climate change and global warming haven’t gone anywhere. In fact, officials from the Climate Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rebutted the same claim by the following morning.
— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) January 29, 2019
NOAA is under jurisdiction of the Commerce Department, headed by Commerce Secretary and Trump appointee Wilbur L. Ross.
While NOAA’s tweet didn’t call out the President directly, many were led to believe they were trolling him.
Is the NOAA trolling the president? https://t.co/Gybz4TyEdT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 29, 2019
— Dana Childs (@DanaKChilds) January 29, 2019
Today's forecast is stone cold with a 100% chance of shade
— alain smithee (@alainsmi) January 29, 2019
He does like pictures! Maybe this will do the trick?
— mish (@shellymatic) January 29, 2019
In case you thought climate scientists don’t study “shade!”
— Werner Heisenberg (@scienceartcats) January 29, 2019
While the President’s own officials trolling him may seem comical, the tweet brought about some sobering thoughts.