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Cold snap: Trump trolls on climate

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December 30. 2017 9:07PM

People walk around Times Square in New York City on Dec. 30, 2017, as a cold weather front hits the region. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)



3...2...1...

That's not the clock counting down to the end of 2017, but the thermometer falling across the United States.

President Donald Trump noted the frigid forecasts in his favorite manner, by trolling his political adversaries on Twitter.

The Tweeter-in-Chief typed on Thursday:

"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!"

Of course, weather is not climate, as any number of people have pointed out in response to the tweet. Yet Trump's meteorological reach is no worse than that of climate alarmists, who use every change in the weather to call for greater government control over the energy sector.

They long ago switched their preferred vocabulary from "global warming" to "climate change" in order to claim that every hurricane, drought, or slightly warm day was caused by carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

In New Hampshire, climate alarmists released a report predicting that downtown Portsmouth could be under water by the end of the century, misstating the relevant research by a mere 900 years.

We're heard climate Chicken Littles warn of the end of the ski industry, maple sugaring, and the native moose population.

In truth, withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement will have no measurable impact on the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, or global temperatures.

The climate is changing, and human activity almost certainly contributed to that. There are economic and ecological reasons to move away from fossil fuel consumption, and the market is moving us faster and more efficiently than the top-down bureaucracy envisioned by climate change advocates.

We are happy to dismiss a December cold snap as evidence against climate change, so long as we don't have to hear about the dangers of global warming if New Hampshire has an unseasonable heat wave in April.


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