The president of the United States raised eyebrows once again over his thoughts on climate change. In an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on United Kingdom television channel ITV, Donald Trump said ice caps are setting records – without offering data to back up his statement.
Morgan asked Trump, “Do you believe in climate change? Do you think it exists?” Trump said, “There is a cooling and there is a heating and look, it used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming. Right? That wasn’t working too well. Because it was getting too cold all over the place. The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, okay, they’re at a record level.”
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There are several errors in Trump’s statement, for which he failed to offer scientific evidence. Reuters spoke with a few scientists about Trump’s claims, and World Glacier Monitoring Service director Michael Zemp told them, “Glaciers and ice caps are globally continuing to melt at an extreme rate…maybe [Trump] is referring to a different planet.”
Trump also talked about the Paris Agreement in the interview, saying, “Would I go back in? Yeah, I’d go back in. I like, as you know, I like Emmanuel,” referring to the president of France Emmanuel Macron. “I would love to, but it’s got to be a good deal for the United States.” Bloomberg pointed out Trump made similar remarks following a meeting with Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway.
So what are some of Trump’s beliefs on the environment? The president told Morgan, “I’ll tell you what I believe in. I believe in clean air, I believe in crystal clear, beautiful water, I believe in just having good cleanliness.”
Via The Independent, Bloomberg, and Reuters
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Here is the backup for his comments. While sea ice extent is now about average for the last decade, the total VOLUME of Arctic ice has actually grown dramatically. This is being driven primarily by the prevailing winds in the region, which are pushing the ice toward the Russian coasts and causing the ice thickness near the pole to be almost double-to-triple it's average thickness. Overall, the total mass of ice in the pole is well above the mean for the past few decades. So, to quote sea ice extent without considering the ice mass in the region is disingenuous (or misleading). https://realclimatescience.com/2018/01/new-video-preparing-for-the-next-big-arctic-scam/ This link presents a video, that discusses the NASA data to demonstrate the validity of those assertions.