Letter to Trump from the American Meteorological Society, correcting Trump's erroneous statements about climate science on 28 January 2018. Graphic: AMS

By Josh Gabbatiss
1 February 2018

(The Independent) – Donald Trump has been sent a letter by the US's top scientific organisation for weather and climate researchers, correcting him on points made in a recent interview.

Talking to Piers Morgan, Mr Trump questioned much of the science of climate change, and appeared to suggest global temperatures were actually decreasing.

“There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. 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,” he said.

Though he expressed an appreciation for “clean air and clean water”, Mr Trump also suggested that polar ice is not melting.

“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,” he said.

Many scientists have already been vocal in discrediting the ideas suggested by the US President, and now the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has offered to help him understand the science of climate change.

In a letter, AMS executive director Dr Keith Seitter pointed Mr Trump in the direction of the “wealth of comprehensive and accurate information on climate change” available via US government agencies.

Dr Seitter expressed disappointment that Mr Trump has seemingly ignored the data from global scientific observations, especially given that US agencies like Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been instrumental in making those observations.

“Unfortunately, these and other climate-related comments in the interview are not consistent with scientific observations from around the globe, nor with scientific conclusions based on these observations,” wrote Dr Keith Seitter, executive director of the AMS.

The AMS is the largest scientific society for weather and climate scientists in the US. […]

The AMS letter came in the wake of criticism from scientists over Mr Trump’s comments.

“Glaciers and ice caps are globally continuing to melt at extreme rate,” Dr Michael Zemp, director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service, told Reuters.

He stated the implication that glaciers and ice caps are growing “is simply wrong”.

“Or maybe he is referring to a different planet,” said Dr Zemp. [more]

America’s top weather scientists offer to set Trump straight on climate change


30 January 2018
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

In an interview with Piers Morgan on Britain’s ITV News that aired Sunday, 28 January 2018, you stated, among other comments:

“There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. 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”

Unfortunately, these and other climate-related comments in the interview are not consistent with scientific observations from around the globe, nor with scientific conclusions based on these observations. U.S Executive Branch agencies such as NASA and NOAA have been central to developing these observations and assessing their implications. This climate information provides a robust starting point for meaningful discussion of important policy issues employing the best available knowledge and understanding.

There is a wealth of comprehensive and accurate information on climate change available to you and your staff within government agencies, as well as from experts in academic institutions and other organizations. The American Meteorological Society stands ready to provide assistance in connecting Executive Branch staff with that knowledge and expertise to ensure that you and your staff are working with credible and scientifically validated information as you navigate the many difficult policy areas impacted by the Earth’s changing climate.

Sincerely,
Keith L. Seitter
Executive Director

AMS Letter to President Trump on Climate Change

2 comments :

  1. Dennis Mitchell said...

    No need to muddy the waters with facts.
     

  2. Anonymous said...

    The President is a moron, through and through. I mean this in all seriousness. American elected a total moron to the Office of The President, and now, we're getting to see first-hand what it is actually like to have a total moron running the country. Nothing is getting done correctly. The economy has not improved. Americans are not any safer or better protected or better looked out for. Everyone is struggling harder and harder (except the uber rich which have continued to amass enormous personal wealth under Trump). The entire country is in the toilet and we're constantly being reminded how great America is, and how great our President is (by the right-wingers) who could tell the time of day if they had to. It is going to be an exhausting three more years of moronic "leadership" deeper into the crapper under Trump - and we all know it. Lets just hope we can survive this idiot.  

 

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