In an attempt to justify the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump claimed that scientists “can’t even get the weather report right, so how come they think they can get [climate change] right?” The comment was originally reported by Politico.
The comment was made after a round of golf at the Trump National Golf Club because of course it was.
Trump officially withdrew the US from the non-binding global agreement, citing research that he intentionally misunderstood, claiming that it was the international community’s attempt to pull a fast one on the American economy. Which it wasn’t. The agreement was totally voluntary. But Trump doesn’t want you to know that.
Circling back around to the original cringe-worthy remarks, Donald Trump demonstrated clearly that he has zero understanding of the climate and doesn’t even know the difference between climate and weather. So Mr. President, in case you’re reading (which I don’t know why you would be since this isn’t an episode of Fox and Friends) here’s the difference between climate and weather, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center:
Weather is the day-to-day state of the atmosphere, and its short-term variation in minutes to weeks.
Climate is the weather of a place averaged over a period of time, often 30 years. Climate information includes the statistical weather information that tells us about the normal weather, as well as the range of weather extremes for a location.
Learn the difference.
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