President Donald Trump used the weekend’s winter storm to mock global warming on Twitter as he warned citizens to stay inside.
‘Be careful and try staying in your house. Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold,’ the president tweeted Sunday morning.
‘Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!’ he added.
The storm is bringing some of the coldest temperatures of the season as it tracked east Saturday evening into Sunday morning.
President Donald Trump used the weekend’s winter storm to mock global warming on Twitter as he warned citizens to stay inside
‘Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!’ he added. The storm is bringing some of the coldest temperatures of the season as it tracked east Saturday evening into Sunday morning
Trump has famously said in the past that he doesn’t believe in climate change.
In October, the president said during a visit to inspect hurricane damage in the southern state of Georgia that climate change ‘is going to go back and forth,’ rather than be permanent.
Trump has conflated short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change before, even though the White House’s own National Climate Assessment rejects the idea that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast uncertainty on whether Earth is warming.
That report, issued in November, said climate change ‘is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us’.
However, Trump said at the time that he didn’t believe it.
‘I don’t believe it. I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,’ he added.
He also seemed to push the blame to other nations, saying the US is ‘the cleanest we’ve ever been’.
‘And here’s the other thing, you’re going to have to China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries, you know, it addresses our country. Right now we’re the cleanest we’ve ever been. And that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good, so I want clean air, I want clean water, very important,’ he said.
A day later, Trump reiterated those claims and said: ‘One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.’
Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled Sunday around the country, with Boston Logan Airport being one of the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company
Airline baggage carts sit on the tarmac as crews prepare to remove snow at the Albany International Airport in Colonie, NY, on Sunday
Crews clear snow at the Albany International Airport Sunday morning
‘As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it,’ he said at the time.
In December, another report revealed that Trump is threatening to derail climate change efforts with his persistent denial of global warming.
Since becoming president in 2016 he has pulled the US out of the international Paris Agreement which is attempting to bring down global temperatures, and torn up a raft of environmental protection laws, saying the US economy needs the boost.
Pulling the US from the Paris Agreement opened the flood gates as several others, including Russia and Turkey, followed his lead.
Trump removed the US, the second greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, from the Paris Agreement as one of his first major presidential acts.
One expert published a study and said that the withdrawal of the US from the 2015 Paris Agreement as well as Trump’s ill-informed remarks on climate change could have long-lasting and severe ramifications.
Temperatures on Monday are set to drop significantly with the lows being 8F in New York, 18F in Raleigh, NC, and 24F in Atlanta
The highs for New York and Boston barely creep into the double digits as Burlington remains at 2F
Additional snow is forecast through Sunday with 18-24 inches expected in upstate New York, Boston and Bangor, Maine
Overnight, residents from Indianapolis to Bangor, Maine, can expect the rain and snow to turn into icy conditions
Trump has long said he distrusts the consensus by nearly all the world’s respected climate scientists on the link between human activity and rising temperatures, as well as other damaging climate change phenomena.
The president’s remarks on Sunday came as the winter storm that has brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season covered a large swath of the US in snow.
Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled Sunday around the country, with Boston Logan Airport being one of the hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking company.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings or advisories for part or all of at least 15 states stretching from southeast Missouri to the northern tip of Maine.
The storm was caused by the clash of an Arctic high pressure system with a low pressure system coming through the Ohio Valley, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann.
‘It happens that this one is going through a relatively high population area,’ Hofmann said.
Parts of northern New England could see up to two feet of snow, which will be followed Sunday night by bitter cold and wind chills as low as 35 below zero in parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.
Parts of upstate New York got up to 11 inches of snow overnight, according to the Weather Channel.
Many major cities like New York City and Boston were spared major snowfall.
The system dumped up to 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest Saturday, including in Iowa (pictured)
A West Des Moines police officer checks on a stranded motorist as vehicles travel along Interstate 80 as heavy snow falls
Earlier, the system dumped up to 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest Saturday.
A plane carrying 129 people skidded from a slick runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Saturday.
No injuries were reported on the United Airlines flight as it arrived from Phoenix, Chicago Fire officials said.
In Kansas, a snowplow driver was killed when the plow drove onto the shoulder of a road and rolled over, throwing him under the vehicle. It wasn’t clear why the driver had moved to the shoulder from the roadway.
A 15-vehicle crash on slippery roads blocked a section of Interstate 55 in southeastern Missouri near Ste. Genevieve Saturday afternoon and drivers were urged to find an alternative route.
In Detroit, many motorists were moving well below posted speed limits along freeways due to slushy conditions.
Amtrak canceled some trains Saturday from Chicago to Washington and New York and between New York and Boston and Pennsylvania on Sunday.
As the storm system moves east, the frigid Arctic air behind it was expected to envelop many parts of the Midwest where it had just snowed.
‘The air that it is bringing down with it is very, very cold,’ Hofmann said.