American Meteorological Society asks Trump to check government agencies for climate change information

American Meteorological Society asks Trump to check government agencies for climate change information
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The American Meteorological Society pushed back against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE’s claims about global warming, and directed him to government resources to find “credible and scientifically validated information.” 

“There is a wealth of comprehensive and accurate information on climate change available to you and your staff within government agencies, as well as from experts in academic institutions and other organizations,” Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, wrote Tuesday in a letter to Trump.

In an interview aired Sunday night with ITV News, Trump disputed arguments that the planet is getting warmer by saying the polar ice caps are “at a record level.”


“I mean, look, it used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming. That wasn’t working too well because it was getting too cold all over the place,” Trump said.

A NASA report last year found that the sea ice extent on both poles had reached the lowest levels since the data began to be recorded in 1979. 

“Unfortunately, these and other climate-related comments in the interview are not consistent with scientific observations from around the globe, nor with scientific conclusions based on these observations,” Seitter wrote in his letter. 

He suggested Trump could find accurate information on the climate through NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Trump has repeatedly voiced skepticism about climate change. He has referred to it as a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, and last month questioned global warming amid a cold snap in the eastern United States.