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CNN host Anderson
Cooper.

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  • In a lighthearted segment on Monday night, CNN host
    Anderson Cooper targeted a series of tweets in which President
    Donald Trump appeared to conflate the weather with
    climate.
  • Trump and his advisers have refrained from
    unequivocally associating climate change with human activity,
    and have thrown cold water on the latest findings from a new
    federal assessment.
  • Cooper advised Trump to visit a child-friendly NASA website
    for an explanation in the differences between weather and
    climate.
  • Cooper handed off his program to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who
    also piled on with the shade.

CNN host Anderson Cooper responded to
President Donald Trump’s comments
on climate change, after
the release of a new federal climate change assessment that gave
a harrowing view of an unmitigated climate.

In a light-hearted segment on Monday night, Cooper targeted a
series of tweets in which Trump appeared to conflate the weather
with climate.

“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS –
Whatever happened to Global Warming,” Trump tweeted last week,
adding later that it was “the coldest weather in the history of
the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and one of the coldest
Thanksgivings on record!”

“Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air – not the same old
climate change (global warming) bullshit,” Trump also tweeted in
2014. “I am tired of hearing this nonsense.”

“The President of the United States seems to be honestly
believing that Global Warming means it never gets cold anywhere,”
Cooper said, trying to hold back his laughter as he continued his
segment.


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NASA’s
child-friendly website, ClimateKids.


ClimateKids


Throughout his presidency, Trump and his advisers have refrained
from associating climate change with human activity, and have
thrown cold water on the latest findings of the newest federal
report: “I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,”
Trump told reporters on Monday, adding later, “I don’t believe
it.”

Cooper advised Trump to visit a child-friendly NASA website for
an explanation in the differences between weather and climate.
Climate is defined as “big picture” conditions over a period of
time for a location, according to NASA’s ClimateKids, while
weather is considered to be specific conditions for a set time
and place.

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“We’re just suggesting, Mr. President, if you don’t want to
believe science or the 1,600-page report your team tried to slip
past the American public on Friday, maybe just start with
ClimateKids.nasa.gov,”
Cooper said.

He also quipped, “it’s a pretty easy read, it’s fun, there are
pictures.”

“But we’re not going to hold our breath,” Cooper added. “Because
unlike the climate, some things never actually change.”


trump visits paradise camp fire
California
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, Gov. Jerry Brown, Paradise Mayor Jody
Jones, President Donald Trump, and FEMA Administrator Brock Long
during Trump’s visit of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California,
November 17, 2018.

Paul Kitagaki
Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool


The National Climate Assessment, authored by hundreds of leading
climate scientists, is a 1,656 page report released by the Trump
administration on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The report,
which was mandated by Congress and produced by 13 federal
agencies, assessed both the current climate and future impacts.

Some of the effects, including flooding and warming oceans,
“could affect the economic stability of local governments,
businesses, and the broader economy,” the report said.

Cooper handed off his program to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who
referenced Trump’s deceased uncle,
John Trump
, in a quip. Trump repeatedly mentions John, a
former electrical engineering professor at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, in defense of his views on climate
change.

“Anderson, you forgot uncle John,” Cuomo said. “You forgot
Trump’s uncle John…at MIT. Very smart, a scientist.”

“You’re right. The very smart uncle,” Anderson said, smiling.
“Right. I totally forgot it.”

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