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US President Donald Trump has had no shortage of critics for his Twitter output in recent years but bafflement appears to have reached new levels following his latest tweet.
Last night Trump - famously a climate change skeptic - cast doubt on global warming, as he noted that the East of the US is likely to face its coldest New Year's Eve on record.
In the tweet, he also accused other countries of paying less to tackle the problem than the US would have done, to the tune of 'trillions of dollars'.
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!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record," Trump tweeted from his official account.
"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!"
The President is notoriously skeptical of climate change, having claimed in 2012 that the widely-accepted phenomenon is a hoax created by the Chinese to make US business noncompetitive.
This past June, Trump noted his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement on mitigating climate change, saying that the accord would 'undermine (the US) economy', and 'puts (the US) at a permanent disadvantage'.
Now Twitter users have suggested this latest tweet implies a fundamental misunderstanding of climate change.
Some inevitably responded that colder weather was always going to happen by dint of it being winter in the US right now.
This may be the dumbest thing that you have tweeted in 2017. And that is saying something.
- Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) December 29, 2017
Donald Trump discovers winter. Astonishingly, it turns out to be colder than the other seasons. #StrategicIgnorance
- GeorgeMonbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) December 29, 2017
Global warming makes weather more *severe*, you idiot, including temperature swings *both directions*. More extreme hot AND COLD temperature swings.
- AltScalesOfJustice (@AltScalesOfJust) December 29, 2017
However, some of his supporters were undeterred by the controversial tweet.
Love you, POTUS!!
- Kathleen Ryan (@Kryan1026) December 29, 2017
The Paris Agreement commits 185 countries, currently including the US, to keeping global temperature rises 'well below' 2C (3.6F), with the aim of reducing them even further to 1.5C. Syria and Nicaragua were the only countries who chose not to sign the deal.
According to analysts, the US withdrawal will make it harder for the rest of the world to attain these goals. The US contributes about 15 percent of global emissions of carbon.
According to White House sources, the US withdrawal could take up to four years to complete.
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