President Trump in a new interview again used disinformation to mislead people about global warming, lying that polar ice caps have hit “a record level.”
“The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records. They’re at a record level,” Trump lied to British television host Piers Morgan in an interview that is set to air Sunday night on ITV News.
Trump also appeared to lump global warming and climate change together, highlighting his scientific illiteracy and inadequacy as a world leader.
“I mean, look, it used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place,” Trump stupidly said.
While the two terms are connected, they have separate meanings.
Global warming means rising temperatures across the Earth’s surface because of the widespread use of fossil fuels and other human activities, according to NASA.
On the other hand, according to NASA, climate change means “a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels.” Global warming is one factor that is considered when assessing a changing climate, as well as many other changes such as the rise in sea levels, ice mass loss and other key indicators.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that 2017 was one of the planet’s warmest years on record, which Trump neglected to mention.
A NASA report in 2017 found that the sea ice extent on both poles had gotten to the lowest levels since the data started to be recorded in 1979, meaning that the polar ice caps are at record levels. Record lows.
Trump has repeatedly voiced skepticism about climate change.
Last month, Trump seemed to question global warming because of heavy snowfall.
“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!” Trump foolishly tweeted.