Here’s a tip for President Trump: You may want to make sure the government is still shut down next time you fire off an inaccurate tweet about climate change. Or even better, give the pseudoscience a break and tweet about your own administration’s climate report instead!
Just days after striking a deal with Democrats to halt the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Trump fell victim to the classic folly of mistaking weather for climate: “In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded,” he tweeted. Even though local weather events can vary wildly, that doesn’t change the fact that global temperatures are rising — since 2001, we’ve seen 17 of the 18 hottest years on record, according to NASA.
But science be damned. “What the hell is going on with Global Waming?” Trump continued. “Please come back fast, we need you!” (Yep, that tweet is so bad that we almost missed the fact that Trump spelled warming with no R.)
Thankfully, with the National Weather Service back in business, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was here to tweet out a satisfyingly scientific explanation for winter storms in an, ahem, “waming” world. (The article is five years old, but I guess it’s new information for Trump.)
“Are record snowstorms proof that global warming isn’t happening?” the article’s headline asked. The first line (Italian chef kiss): “No.”
Climate change doesn’t eliminate random variability, so we’ll still get weather that doesn’t fit the general trend — 35 percent of historical snow seasons with extreme snow events were actually warmer than average, NOAA explained.
And — oops! — researchers expect that climate change could even contribute to brutal snowstorms like the one Trump tweeted about.
“Not only are severe snowstorms possible in a warming climate, they may even be more likely,” wrote Caitlyn Kennedy in the NOAA article. That could be because higher ocean temperatures bring with them warmer, wetter air — the perfect storm for heavy snow.
Climate science can be complicated. We’re glad the U.S. government’s actual experts are back on the scene.
Washington Post editorial board calls Trump too cowardly to pass background checks in scathing editorial
The Washington Post just published a scathing editorial saying that President Donald Trump is far too cowardly to fight for gun safety laws or any kind of gun reform.
For a brief few days, while Trump was on vacation, he was willing to say that background checks needed to be tightened. But once he was on the phone with the National Rifle Association, everything changed. It isn't the first time. When Trump promised action after the Parkland, Florida massacre he said to the faces of parents who'd just lost their children. The next day he reneged. Now Americans are back at step one, where the next shooting is around the corner and even if police are on scene to take the shooter down in less than 60 seconds, people will still die.
Trump’s tumbling support among ‘the poorly educated’ may crush his 2020 prospects: report
When Donald Trump famously declared, “I love the poorly educated” during his 2016 campaign, it was obvious that he was taking a much more populist (or rather, pseudo-populist) approach than Republican presidential candidates were typically known for. And white males without college degrees continue to be a key part of the president’s base. But Washington Post columnist Aaron Blake, analyzing an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday, stresses that when Trump is up against a “generic 2020 Democrat,” he finds himself struggling with non-college educated white women.
Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Republican donors any recession will be ‘moderate and short’
President Donald Trump has spent the last week claiming that any talk of a recession is a conspiracy theory by the media and part of a leftist coup against him.
The message didn't seem to get to his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who told Republican donors this week that the recession will be a quick one.
Politico reported the comments Tuesday, saying that it was part of a Jackson, Wyoming fundraiser with White House aides Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who are supposed to be "camping" with their family, according to her Instagram channel.