In a message posted to Twitter on Monday, Trump, 72, claimed that we "need global warming" in order to prevent the extreme cold weather conditions from returning to the Midwest.
This week, a split polar vortex is expected to drop temperatures in the Midwest near negative 30 degrees, with the wind chill looking to be the lowest it's been in two decades: as low as negative 60 degrees. In coming days, expected to get even colder. "People can't last outside even for minutes". His tweet late Monday wondering "What the hell is going on with Global Warming" drew a quick response from Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan.
This is not the first time Trump has demonstrated he can't grasp the concept of global warming or how it works.
"And in fact, "Global Waming" is making these extreme cold outbreaks more rare, exactly as we expected", said Grist staff writer Eric Holthaus.
"Winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening", the tweet said.
Trump is cherry picking cold weather to ignore the larger picture of a warming planet, said John Cook, a professor of climate change communications at George Mason University.
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The Climate Reality Project, launched by former Vice President Al Gore, tweeted: "Yes, it's cold".
"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record".
"In a warming world, you're still going to have unusually hot and unusually cold events happening in a particular part of the world", said Berkeley Earth climate scientist Zeke Hausfather.
Taking the sunny view that Trump-loving areas in line for rising seas, brutal droughts, and other climate havoc are rational actors who might be convinced to support progressive notions of how to mitigate the dangers, the authors write that "the current gridlock might not be as permanent as it now seems".
Despite Trump's assertion, CNN reported that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and the third consecutive year to rank hotter than all previous years, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
If you cared about facts, you would know that climate change doesn't only cause temperatures to increase.