President Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of the science behind global warming on Tuesday because it is currently cold in North America.
“What the hell is going on with Global Waming (sic)?” the president tweeted in reference to the polar vortex that’s causing extreme weather in the Midwest. “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
CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon mocked Trump’s tweet on their shows Tuesday night.
“Climate change hasn’t gone anywhere,” Cuomo explained. “Weather and climate, they have to separate those a little bit in the analysis.” Cuomo pointed out that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration corrected Trump’s claim with a simple illustration and explanation. “Winter storms don’t prove that global warming isn’t happening,” the administration tweeted Tuesday.
— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) January 29, 2019
Don Lemon appeared on screen in a winter hat, tie blown back, and hands around a coffee cup.
“This is why I think it is important to refer to it as climate change,” Lemon said.
The CNN hosts pointed out that Trump’s own administration and intelligence community accepts climate change and global warming science.
“I don’t think he understands it,” Lemon said. “Because maybe he just doesn’t understand the science, he doesn’t want to believe in it.”
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Lemon theorized that Trump is just trying to appeal to people in his party and base who don’t want to believe in climate change.
“It could just be that simple because it would be stunning that anyone that has any knowledge in any education that they wouldn’t believe in actual science and scientists.”
In November the president brushed aside a report put out by his own administration that revealed the lasting and harmful effects of climate change, including substantial damage to the U.S. economy. Trump simply responded, “I don’t believe it.”