Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'Tweet all you want' but climate change is happening

Dem lawmaker to Trump: 'Tweet all you want' but climate change is happening
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist 3 reasons billionaire activist Tom Steyer is running for president ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds MORE (D-Ohio) fired back Friday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE’s tweet that the U.S. could use some “good old Global Warming” to heat up the currently freezing East Coast, saying he was “grateful” that cities and states are working to combat climate change where Trump is not.

Ryan was responding to Trump’s Thursday evening tweet saying the U.S. "could use" some global warming as record-breaking cold weather blankets much of the country.

Eastern and Great Plains states are expected to see record-breaking cold temperatures over New Year’s weekend, with some areas expected to have low temperatures in the negative 40s.

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Ryan joined a host of Democratic lawmakers who slammed Trump following the tweet. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted that the U.S. has a “moral obligation” to combat climate change, and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip MORE (D-R.I.) blasted Trump’s tweet as “embarrassing.”

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

In June, Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, a worldwide pact to cut back on carbon emissions to reduce global warming.

The U.S. is now the only country on Earth not part of the accord.

In response to Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris deal, a number of states and cities have announced their intention to honor the guidelines in the agreement independently.

On Wednesday, 10 more U.S. cities signed on to the Chicago Climate Charter, a now 67-city pact to fight climate change. The pact also includes leaders from Mexico City, Paris and Vancouver.