It’s November 2018…which means we’ve officially been subjected to two full years of insane—and often offensive—comments from President Donald Trump. And just when we think he can’t do or say anything else that could possibly surprise us, his Twitter feed stoops to a new low. Most recently, POTUS tweeted about climate change—specifically calling out the especially cold weather in the U.S. Northeast right now, using it to cast doubt on global warming.
And scientists everywhere just breathed a collective sigh of annoyance (slash hit their heads against a wall in frustration). As many pointed out, weather and climate are two different things: Weather is a day-to-day phenomenon in specific locations, and climate is about overall global trends. As NASA notes on its website (per the Huffpost), “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.”
Others in the scientific community have also expressed their frustration via Twitter.
And well-informed everyday citizens also aren’t too pleased.
Let’s be clear: The scientific community agrees that earth’s climate is rapidly warming, and believes that it is directly caused by human activity. Politicizing this as a “right versus left” issue hurts everyone…because everyone will eventually be impacted by severe weather, drought, famine, and all of the other projected problems that climate change will eventually cause if action is not taken asap.
So Donald Trump: Read a book. Please.