Of Course Donald Trump is a Climate Denier

Donald Trump, who has been known to make tweets when it snows claiming that it disproves global warming, had more incredibly stupid things to say on the subject in an interview with Sarah Palin sycophant Kevin Scholla’s radio show (which, I kid you not, is called the Palin Update).

“The real climate change is going to be nuclear climate change if we’re not smart and tough and very, very careful because that’s a big danger and that’s a real danger,” Trump said. “I think Obama just said that the biggest threat that we have on the planet today is climate change, and a lot of people are saying, did he really say that? We have people chopping off heads and he’s talking about climate change. I call it weather. I call it weather. You know, the weather changes.”

Trump continued his explanation by ranting about weather forecasts on the news: “You look back and they were calling it global cooling and global warming and global everything, but if you look back and the biggest tornados were in the 1890s, the biggest hurricanes were in the 1860s and 1870s. It’s weather. You’re going to have bad weather. So often I watch the evening newscasts and every time there is a rainstorm some place, and then they wonder why they don’t do well, they say, ‘It’s raining here and it’s raining there,’ usually leading the program. I call it weather. Maybe there’s a little bit of change, I don’t happen to believe it’s manmade.”

Great, so you’ll be happy to point you to the climatological research you’ve done that supports your beliefs, right? I didn’t think so. It’s always quite absurd to hear someone who knows absolutely nothing about this subject spout off about it and claim that nearly every climatologist in the world is wrong. It’s the Dunning-Kruger effect on full display, delivered with the kind of total confidence that can only be pulled off by the dangerously ignorant.

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  • busterggi

    Trm is a great scientist – he discovered that the Earth doesn’t revolve around the Sun, it revolves around him.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    The problem is that “stupid and ignorant” is a large sector of the electorate. And they love him.

  • colnago80

    In this regard, how does he differ from the other Rethuglican candidates, all of whom (except possibly Chris Christie) deny climate change? They have to in order to pander to the Rethuglican base, which consists of scientific illiterates, and plutocrats like the Koch brothers.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Trump knows so-called “Global” so-called “Warming” doesn’t exist. Unlike Trump Warming (that’s where Trump walks in to a room and everybody basks in Trump’s glow).

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    So, Modus, just which part of The Anatomy does the Sun shine out of?

  • Ogvorbis: failed human

    In math class, back last century, I remember having to find the lowest common denominator. It appears that the stupidity of most of us is the LCD.

  • corwyn

    @6:

    No you didn’t. You found either the Least Common Multiple. or the Greatest Common Divisor.

  • llewelly

    In this regard, how does he differ from the other Rethuglican candidates … ?

    Jeb and Graham both allow that some global warming is human caused, but they try to downplay how much, despite the evidence that the warming effect of human activity is about 110%; there would have been cooling were it not for us. They also try to avoid mentioning that the strongest human component is fossil fuels.

    Jeb has rigorously obstructed both mitigation and adaptation – in Florida, every attempt to plan for, or even describe, the frightening sea level rise that will soon devastate south and coastal Florida has been opposed by Jeb. Jeb also made every effort to make sure fees charged for installing rooftop solar were as high possible.

    Graham, however, mostly supported things like cap-and-trade, rooftop solar and planning for sea level rise – though, he downplayed how fast said sea level rise is likely to occur, and how large a role humans played in causing it, as well calling the science “oversold” and “alarmist” .

    On global warming, a Graham presidency would be worse than Clinton, by a lot, but better than Jeb, and any other GOP candidate. Christie talks about as good game as Graham, but he doesn’t even have Graham’s admittedly uneven record of actually supporting some good legislation.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/08/3667066/graham-cnn-climate-change/

  • StevoR

    Natch.

    Woudn’t expect any better of him.

    Sadly very predictable and typical if also disgraceful and telling.

  • justsomeguy

    There are a lot of ways to deny climate change.

    You can deny that it’s happening at all.

    You can admit that it’s happening but deny that human activity had anything to do with it.

    You can admit that it’s happening but deny that it’s significant.

    You can admit that it’s happening but deny that it’s bad in any way.

    You can admit that it’s happening but deny that it can be slowed or reversed, and thus there’s no reason to try.

  • parasiteboy

    he’s talking about climate change. I call it weather. I call it weather. You know, the weather changes.”

    And another person who doesn’t understand that weather and climate are different things. Yes they are related but they are not interchangeable terms.

  • parasiteboy

    llewelly@8

    despite the evidence that the warming effect of human activity is about 110%

    If you mean temperature that cannot be true.

    there would have been cooling were it not for us

    Don’t think this is correct either. Unless you talking about the supposed solar minimum, but that would not significantly affect our climate.

  • colnago80

    Re justsomeguy @ #10

    With apologies to Richard “Racehorse” Haynes.

  • StevoR

    Pure co-incidence I guess:

    WARNING : Slate link for any non0-USA reader will be behind paywall and cost you one of your five free views per month. Bastards! Greedy, lazy, incompetent, slate bastards!

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/11/16/noaa_climate_october_was_332nd_straight_month_with_above_average_temperatures.html

    .. that means that anyone out there 27 (and two-thirds!) or younger has never lived through a month that saw global temperatures dip below average. For what it’s worth, the warmest October on record came in 2003 and the coldest occurred way back in 1912.

    Already outdated (2012 goin’ by link date) and I think beaten too. Pretty durn sure it ain’t been broken or got better since. Reckon Trump knows or cares ’bout this? Nah, thought not.

  • StevoR

    Also :

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/15/1014151/ten-charts-that-make-clear-the-planet-just-keeps-warming/

    Also from 2012 -but also still relevant, what’s few years when climate stats need at least 30 or so to count?

  • Nick Gotts

    parasiteboy@12,

    Of course it could be true: it means that the warming effect due to human activity exceeds the actual warming that has occurred, by 10% – so something else must be counteracting it. I think it’s still debated whether that is actually the case, but of course changes in solar activity (and in the frequency and type of volcanic eruptions) affect the climate.

  • freehand

    parasiteboy says: “[…] there would have been cooling were it not for us”

    Don’t think this is correct either. Unless you talking about the supposed solar minimum, but that would not significantly

    affect our climate.

    .

    Nick is right. The solar minimum and max are short-lived cycles, and their effect is minimal. The Milankovitch cycles, the precession of the Earth’s axis, “bouncing” up and down through the plane of the solar system, etc. are the processes which led to our current ice age and the interglacial episodes such as the current one, in which our civilizations developed. we had been slowing sliding back into a glacial period, but human activities (particularly burning fossil fuels) have swamped this natural change.

    .

    ” In the most prominent anthropogenic example, orbital forcing from the Milankovitch cycles has been in a cooling phase for millennia, but that cooling trend was reversed in the 20th and 21st centuries due to warming caused by increased anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.”

    From:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch_cycles#Present_and_future_conditions