Especially to Americans in the Democratic Party, global warming remains a burning issue. This is certainly the case with former "Jersey Shore" cast member Vinny Guadagnino, who took a shot at President Trump on Thursday after the president claimed that the US could use some "good old global warming" to heat up the cold states.
“I think climate change is more complex than global warming will make it hotter,” Guadagnino tweeted to Trump. “It has to do with disruptions of atmospheric conditions, ocean patterns, jet streams....”
The Hill reports that many Twitter users then mocked the former "Jersey Shore" star, claiming that his role on the reality TV show disqualified him from making any political opinion that deserves to be taken seriously.
Trump tweeted on Thursday evening about the cold weather currently covering much of the United States. He then remarked that the US would greatly benefit from a little bit of global warming. Large swaths of Americans are expected to see record-breaking cold temperature throughout the country, especially as New Year's weekend approaches. In fact, some areas in the United States are even expected to hit the negative 40s.
Many in the Democratic Party are blasting President Trump for his comments on global warming. Senator Elizabeth Warren, for instance, has doubled down on her belief that the United States has a "moral obligation to combat climate change." Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has remarked that Trump's tweet is "embarrassing" to the nation.
CNN's Chris Cillizza published an article on Friday afternoon accusing President Trump of not understanding the difference between climate and weather. He claims that Trump's logic goes as follows: how can climate change be real if it is cold outside?
According to CNN, the weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, while climate is how the atmosphere behaves over a relatively long period of time. That it is cold on given day, week, or month is not indicative of much of anything about the climate and whether or not the climate is warming.
CNN then remarks that the climate is indeed warming:
"This past October was the second warmest October on record -- and those records date back to the 1880s. The first 10 months of 2017 were, according to NASA, the second warmest 10 months ever -- second only to -- wait for it -- 2016. This year is likely to be among the three warmest years in almost 140 years of record-keeping, according to the Weather Channel. Of the eight warmest years ever, all have come since 1998, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (The eight warmest years, in order: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009 and 1998.)"
According to Fox News, President Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, claiming that global warming is a "hoax" created by the Chinese to damage American industries.
President Trump announced earlier this year that he wishes to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, which aimed at curbing greenhouse gas production.
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