‘Wouldn’t be bad to have a little good old fashioned Global Warming right now!’
US president has long history of denying scientific consensus
Donald Trump has again confused weather with climate change, suggesting the US would benefit from “a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now” amid forecasts of snow and cold conditions.
Little more than two months since a similarly misleading conflation, the president tweeted: “Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold.
“Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!”
In November, Mr Trump conflated seasonal weather with climate change, suggesting chilly conditions meant global warming wasn’t real.
“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” he tweeted.
Mr Trump’s latest claim also echoed another winter tweet in 2017, in which he said America would benefit from “a little bit of that good old global warming” when much of the US was inundated with snow.
The 72-year-old has long history of denying the scientific consensus on climate change. He once claimed the phenomenon was a Chinese hoax intended to hurt American exports.
In October, Mr Trump told CBS’s 60 Minutes he thought that although the climate might be changing, the climate “could very well go back”.
Nasa has a web page dedicated to making clear the basic distinction between weather and climate. “The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time,” it states.