Donald Trump took time out of his vacation on Thursday to continue peddling conspiracy theories, this time casting doubt on climate change because of the recent stretch of cold weather in the eastern United States.
In a jaw-dropping tweet, the president said, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming” to battle winter temperatures.
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Trump’s ignorance on this subject is obvious, but it’s neither new nor is it surprising.
After all, this is a president who has spent his first year in office implementing climate policies that have set the country back decades and embarrassed the U.S. on the world stage – from pulling out of the Paris climate agreement to opening up sacred land for drilling to allowing coal companies to dump their sludge into American waterways, among many other things.
In fact, National Geographic has a running list of all the steps Trump has taken to dramatically change America’s environmental policies – all of them quite troubling.
But, again, this is nothing new. Trump has long been a climate change denier, once even claiming that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Trump’s tinfoil hat conspiracy theories on climate change have always been laughable, but now these crackpot ideas are used to create public policy, and that’s dangerous.
It’s bad enough that the President of the United States doesn’t have the ability to comprehend scientific evidence and implement policies accordingly. It’s even worse that none of the nonsense he spewed on Thursday night is all that surprising.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.