As Chicago braced for unsafe cold, Trump joked about global warming


"Please come back fast, we need you!", Trump tweeted.

Although the tweet appeared to be in response to Mr. Trump's frequent denial that climate change is occurring, it did not name or refer to him directly.

A tweet from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate account on Tuesday has raised questions about whether the government agency was taking aim at a statement by President Donald Trump that seemed to deny the existence of global warming.

Late Monday, Trump tweeted about the brutal and risky wind chills hitting the middle of the country, and even asked global "waming" (sic) to "please come back fast".

"In the lovely Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded". It may hit -20°F in the midwest this week, but over the long term, the average temperature is expected to rise, as is the frequency of days with extreme high temperatures.

In wake of a report from the global scientific community on climate change, in which they warned that countries must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", Trump said he believed that the climate will "change back again". "People can't last outside even for minutes", he tweeted.

The Toronto Star's Washington correspondent, Daniel Dale, publicly grappled with whether Trump's latest foolish remarks deserved any attention. Numerous states that are likely to see disproportionately negative effects in the coming years are some that supported Mr. Trump in 2016, like Florida and Texas, as well as others in the Southeast, which may sustain increased coastal damage because of more powerful storms, according to a new report by the Brookings Institute. I don't think it's a hoax.

"And in fact, "Global Waming" is making these extreme cold outbreaks more rare, exactly as we expected", said Grist staff writer Eric Holthaus.

THE FACTS: While the Midwest is in the grip of a chill that's likely to set records, Earth is still considerably warmer than it was 30 years ago and especially 100 years ago.

"There he goes again", tweeted New York Times climate reporter Henry Fountain.

Parts of the United States are indeed facing some of the coldest temperatures the country's seen in a generation.

Key climate change report from Trump's own administration: "Increases in temperatures during the growing season in the Midwest are projected to be the largest contributing factor to declines in the productivity of USA agriculture".