President Trump tweets about Midwest cold, says we need global warming

The president has a history of climate change denial.
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The plunging temperatures Minnesota and the Upper Midwest is now experiencing has drawn the attention of none other than President Donald Trump.

Air temperatures and wind chills plunged on Monday night and are expected to drop even further Tuesday night, with parts of the state set to experience wind chills as low as -65F.

It's the coldest Minnesota has experienced in more than 20 years, which prompted President Trump to comment on Twitter about the "beautiful Midwest."

"In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? [Sic] Please come back fast, we need you!"

While the wind chills are the lowest Minnesota has seen for some time, it's not going to be the coldest ever recorded.

Wind chills are expected to be as low as 65 below in west-central Minnesota, but the state record belongs to Tower, Minnesota, where an air temperature of minus 60F was recorded in 1996.

The president has a history of rejecting the scientific community's point of view when it comes to climate change. For example, in 2012 he tweeted that the concept of global warming was "created by and for the Chinese" to make U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive.

Even as recently as November, he stated that he didn't believe a report from the U.S. government that warned climate change could wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.

Fluctuations in the weather, at times leading to extreme cold, do not mean that climate change isn't happening.

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The Atlantic reports that 2018 was the Earth's 4th warmest in recorded history. The only years that were warmer were 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As Dr. Tracy Twine, of the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water and Climate, described it to KARE 11 last year: "People have talked about weather being your mood and climate is your personality.

"So your mood changes day to day, your personality is kind of consistent over your lifetime. And that's really what weather and climate can be seen as."

"I think that it's easy to just say, 'Where is global warming when it's so cold?' When everyone knows it's cold because it's winter. We understand that in the northern hemisphere now, we are tilted away from the sun, it's winter, it's cold."

By the way, here are the expected wind chills in Minnesota over the next few days – stay safe out there!

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