Democrat lawmaker launches climate change tweet attacking Trump

DECEMBER 29, 2017

After President Donald Trump posted a tweet Thursday contending that the United States could use some “good old Global Warming” to heat up unusually cold portions of the country, Rep. Tim Ryan, D.-Ohio, retorted, insisting that climate change is happening “with life and death implications for untold millions around the world.”

Amid reports that eastern and Great Plains states are expected to experience record-breaking cold temperatures over the upcoming weekend, Trump tweeted, “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!”

Ryan responded to Trump on Twitter, writing, “Global #ClimateChange is happening, with life and death implications for untold millions around the world. Tweet all you want, but I’m grateful the international community (and many US cities & states) are working together to provide leadership where the US President has not.”

A number of Democratic lawmakers joined Ryan in criticizing Trump following his tweet, The Hill reported.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass., posted a tweet contending that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to fight climate change, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., called Trump’s tweet “embarrassing.”

Trump has previously denied the existence of global warming, asserting that it was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

In June, Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, a worldwide pact to reduce carbon emissions in order to combat global warming.