A polar blast doesn’t negate climate change

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Opinion

January 31, 2019 - 10:08 AM

As temperatures dipped into the minus 20 degree range with a -42 windchill, the running paths around Lake Bde Maka Ska were drifting over from dangerous winds off the lake on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minn. Brian Peterson/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

With frigid Arctic weather descending on tens of millions of Americans, states have declared emergencies, mail carriers are staying inside, and there’s a risk of frostbite for exposed skin in Chicago in as little as five minutes.

Little wonder that global warming is the last thing on people’s minds and that from some sectors — most notably (and predictably) the president of the United States — a familiar mocking of climate science has resumed. “What the hell is going on with Global Wa(r)ming?” Donald Trump tweeted Monday. “Please come back fast, we need you!”

Trump’s tweet might have been meant mainly as a tongue-in-cheek way of making liberal heads explode, but the fact is global warming hasn’t gone anywhere.

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