In the midst of record freezing temperatures Trump misses global warming

By Hayley Thompson
February 18, 2019

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While large parts of the country were suffering from record-setting low temperatures and lots of snow on Jan. 20, President Trump took to Twitter to address his concerns. His tweet began by advising U.S. citizens to be careful and to stay inside their homes during the brutal cold.

Trump finished off his tweet by saying, “Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!”

Like many others, it seems that Trump may be confused about what global warming actually is. Global warming is the continuous increase in the overall global temperature of the atmosphere.

An increase in global temperature is not, and never will be, a good thing. If the rise in temperature is constant and endless, it will be life threatening.

Increasing global temperatures does not mean that people will experience nice, warm weather. Every living being on this Earth will experience the effects of global warming.

Global warming could end up making Earth inhabitable. “This is the only Earth. Where do you plan on going?” Senior biology major Gabby Moon said.

Dr. Caroline Nielsen, the associate professor of biology and environmental science, says that an increase in global temperature will cause plenty of health effects like reduced air quality, natural disasters and climate-sensitive diseases.

As National Geographic states, hurricanes and other very powerful storms are likely to become even stronger, as well as floods and droughts becoming way more common due to global warming. All ecosystems around the world will begin to permanently change for the worst.

“Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year,” Dr. Nielsen said. “Children will experience the greatest health consequences.”

Eight days later, President Trump addressed global warming on Twitter again with this tweet:

Trump has been tweeting about global warming in a comedic, mocking way for years. It dates back as far as 2012 with a tweet of his saying, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

The President of the United States frequently debunking and mocking global warming poses a major threat to the chances of awareness being spread on this rising issue. As reported by National Geographic, the global average surface temperature has heightened by over 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the many lasting effects of global warming.

You may still be wondering why large parts of the country are experiencing brutal cold weather if global warming is actually a thing. Well, the answer to that question is the difference between weather and climate.

Trump’s 2012 tweet accusing China of making up global warming. Photo by @realDonaldTrump on Twitter

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, weather is the day-to-day conditions of the atmosphere. Climate is the average weather condition over a period of time. Many things can affect weather on any given day but that does not change the overall climate of an area.

The record-breaking freezing temperatures that most of the U.S. experienced late January does not mean that global warming is gone, slowing down or going backwards. As stated in an article by Climate Kids, an informational website for kids by NASA, this condition is called Arctic Oscillation. Arctic Oscillation is the alternating movement of air between the north and south.

Sometimes the air pressure keeps the really cold air in the Arctic and other times the freezing temperatures travel. No matter how cold the local temperatures may be, global warming is certainly still a worldly concern.

Hayley Thompson

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