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article imageOp-Ed: Trump's thin grasp of science shows in his ignorant tweets

By Karen Graham     Nov 24, 2018 in Science
Displaying a thin grasp of science, President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. His ignorance of the facts on climate change and its real impact in the U.S. is a tragedy in the making.
In an Associated Press "Fact check," President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday - “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
On Thursday, Trump tweeted - “This is the coldest weather in the history of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record!”
The president's tweets are in keeping with his disdain for science and show clearly his lack of understanding of the difference between weather and climate. As the AP notes, "Weather is like mood, which changes daily. Climate is like personality, which is long term."
The effects of climate change  such as the flooding seen in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence...
The effects of climate change, such as the flooding seen in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence in September 2018, will get worse unless more drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major US government report warned
Alex EDELMAN, AFP/File
And that is a good explanation for having a cold spell, even though the world is getting warmer. To put this "weather versus climate" explanation into context, the weather is what you see when you look out the window. Climate is a long-term meteorological state, the statistical average of weather over a defined period of time.
“It’s all in the long-term trends,” concurs Dr. Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Trump is also not paying much attention to the word "global." Global warming means exactly what it implies - warming on a global scale.
National Climate Assessment
On Friday, the White House produced the National Climate Assessment by scientists from 13 Trump administration agencies and outside scientists. It amounted to a slap in the face for those who doubt the climate is changing.
Scientists have found that climate change increased the rainfall in Puerto Rico's storm Maria i...
Scientists have found that climate change increased the rainfall in Puerto Rico's storm Maria in 2017 by nine percent
Ricardo ARDUENGO, AFP/File
“Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us,” the report says.
One big question on many people's minds is why the climate assessment report, mandated by law to be published every two years, was issued on Friday, one day after Thanksgiving and on "Black Friday," a day when many Americans are out shopping for Christmas.
You could say that "Black Friday" may have been the perfect day to put out such a harrowing report. The report talks about how climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels is hurting every region in the U.S., including damaging every sector of the economy. The report also gives disturbing statistics on the number of deaths we can expect.
The cost of climate-related disasters hit $2.25 billion over the last two decades  the  United Natio...
The cost of climate-related disasters hit $2.25 billion over the last two decades, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said, listing United States, China, Japan and India as countries where the financial toll has been highest
DAVID MCNEW, GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
While we do have those who deny that climate change is real, they need to ask the farmers in the Midwest and in our southern states what they think about climate change. Ask the parents of children being diagnosed with asthma at increased rates. Ask our elderly about global warming and its impact on their health.
Be sure to tell Californians that climate change is all in their minds as they continue to look for the remains of friends and family lost in this month's wildfires. Global warming is real, as real as the sun coming up every morning, and yet we have a leader who is planning to promote dirty coal at the G20 meeting coming up next month.
We have an administration that has done away with environmental regulations, allowed drilling for oil in the Arctic, loosened automobile emission rules, and in general, made America a more dangerous place to live. Remember one thing, though - We do have a say in how we want to live and what kind of quality of life we want for our future generations. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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