Climate science finally catches a break: Donald Trump and his hair joins the anti-science side

Donald Trump and his hair assert that recent snow means “the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore,” reports the NY Post, the Daily Mail of America.

Activists are already saying this is the biggest break for the climate since Sarah Palin became the top conservative spokesperson on the science.  Anti-science disinformers suggest that it’s really more important that Trump’s hair has joined their cause, since it gets more attention these days and has, arguably, been more successful than Trump himself recently.

In a much-heralded speech last week, Bill Gates noted that if scientists could just figure out some miraculous way to harness the static electricity from rubbing Trump’s hair, the entire climate crisis could be solved.  Nathan Myrhvold was rumored to have already patented the idea.

Less seriously, this is what the Post reported Trump said, accompanied by his hair:

Donald Trump is not a big believer in global warming. “With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore,” the tycoon told members of his Trump National Golf Club in Westchester in a recent speech.

“Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally noncompetitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.” The crowd of 500 stood up and cheered.

Who could possibly disagree with Trump’s assertion that “China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity” (see Lindsey Graham: “Every day that we delay trying to find a price for carbon is a day that China uses to dominate the green economy”)?  Stand up and cheer for that!

Of course, the Donald can’t be expect to know that this is in fact the warmest winter in the satellite record.   Nor can USA Today, which just reprinted his comments.

But then the Donald ain’t a science guy.  He’s a very religious man, if you didn’t know.  Wikipedia reports:

Trump has been caught in the 2008 financial crisis as sales for his Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago have been lagging and he failed to pay a $40m loan to Deutsche Bank in December. Arguing that the crisis is an Act of God, he evoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan and initiated a countersuit asserting his image has been damaged. Deutsche Bank has in turn noted in court that ‘Trump is no stranger to overdue debt’ and that he has twice previously filed for bankruptcy with respect to his casino operations.

On February 17, 2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Mr Trump having stated on February 13 that he would resign from the board.

Now I understand Trump’s argument.  Nothing is human-made, not the financial crisis, not global warming.  On the other hand, if the financial crisis is an act of God, then so is Trump’s financial “success,” which may be the funniest notion of all.

15 Responses to Climate science finally catches a break: Donald Trump and his hair joins the anti-science side

  1. In British slang, ‘to trump’ means to break wind.

  2. If only this were an April Fools story, but it ain’t.

  3. Climateer says:

    Here’s part of a post we had in June ’08:

    “…Mr. Trump is trying to build a golf course on an unspoiled stretch of land in northern Scotland. Reflecting his usual penchant for modesty, Mr. Trump says the course will be the “best in the world,” and far superior to the legendary courses at St. Andrews….

    …Mr. Trump attended a hearing on the proposal yesterday to try and save it. (Here’s the BBC article and video of Mr. Trump’s press conference). After a representative of the Scottish Wildlife Trust said Mr. Trump had ignored his own environmental consultants’ advice, Mr. Trump said he didn’t need to read the reports, since he was already an expert.

    “I would consider myself an environmentalist in the true sense of the word,” Mr. Trump said,

    a comment that drew so much laughter from the public gallery that the inquiry chairman had to call for order….”

  4. Wit's End says:

    Haha, I live near the Trump Golf Course in Bedminster, and last July I put pictures of his trees at the end of this post:
    His trees are all dying too.

  5. Leif says:

    Trees of the West: One nee not get close to see the effects of climatic disruption out here in the West.

    This is just one of many pictures on this web link. My state of Washington has over one million acres of affected forest land. Throughout the west? Staggering!

  6. Does anyone know of a single project of Trump’s that is NOT already bankrupt or in some form of receiver-ship? I guess, then, that the next question is whether he has any property that is actually “in the black” and making money?

    The above are serious questions, FWIW. Every time I hear anything about any of his projects, it is about how they are either hemorrhaging money or entirely imploded. So I am genuinely at a loss as to how Trump ever established, much less continues to maintain, this image as a shrewed business person.

  7. Stuart says:

    “coldest winter on record”?? I bet this is just an extended hissy fit on Trump’s part because his limo got stuck in the snow or something.

    I have a message for Mr. Trump: just because you have more pieces of green paper than most of us doesn’t mean you have any more power over nature than any of the rest of us monkeys. We are all part of the same ecosystem, and if we ruin it there is no place else to go. If you were a truly savvy businessman you would see that the new green economy presents opportunities to make more green paper than even you could spend.

  8. paulm says:

    He and McCain have much in common.

  9. mike roddy says:

    Good photo In the 50’s there was a widely circulated photo of a Frenchman walking on the ocean sidewalk in St. Tropez during the 30’s, with the caption “Why France lost the war”. He was obese, arrogant, and dressed in an absurdly jaunty outfit.

    Future historians are going to relish that photo above. The caption will be “How the American people abdicated in favor of greed, stupidity, and celebrity marketing campaigns”.

  10. Chris Winter says:

    This is not really on topic, but it does relate. In a library, I just happened on a copy of Green Hell. The subtitle is “How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them.”

    I won’t comment on the quality of this book; I’ll just quote one sentence from its Introduction:

    “While it is beyond the scope of this book to debunk the scientific claims of global warmists, we’ll take a brief moment here to note the fatal flaw of global warming alarmism: there is no scientific evidence indicating that carbon dioxide, much less manmade carbon dioxide emissions, control or even measurably impact global climate.”

    The book was published in 2009 by Regnery. $27.95. Oh, the author? A fellow named Steve Milloy. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.

    Yes, the anti-science campaign continues.

  11. This is a huge metaphor:

    We are all speeding along in the AGW automobile – in the back seat is the mechanic telling us that at this rate the car is gonna overheat, flood and fall apart. In the front seat is the car salesman saying “full speed ahead!”, “Drill baby, drill!” and “Don’t listen to that man in the back seat”

    Donald Trump is the connsumate car salesman.
    We should not be surprised by his words.

  12. Neal Heidler says:

    I had the bad fortune to wake up to John Roberts on CNN’s American Morning interviewing John Christy this morning. Roberts came off as if he thought he was doing us all a favor by setting the record straight. I was yelling at the TV.

    (From )

    Well, because we’re looking at the deep layer of the atmosphere, we’re not contaminated by the buildings and roads and farms, and so on, that are built at the surface. And so, we see a true picture of what the global bulk atmosphere is doing. It is warming in the past 30 years, but that rate is quite a bit less than what climate models are indicating, and so that the greenhouse effect, as we understand it, is overstated, I think, in the IPCC report.”

    ROBERTS: So, what — but if you talk to people like Michael Mann, climate researcher of Penn State University, the man who is responsible for the so-called “hockey stick” graph, that shows temperatures fairly steady throughout the last, oh, I guess, 800, 900 years, and then suddenly increasing the middle of last century.

    He says scientists are taking into this account this development. They’re ruling it out. They’re adjusting for it — and that what you’re saying just isn’t the case.

    CHRISTY: Well, I beg to differ. My publications specifically show that these things are not taken into account. And in terms of the hockey stick, I was the lead author with Mike back in 2001. And I complained about that quite a bit. And it turns out that my complaints were really founded because the information used in that is not really good for taking temperatures over 1,000 years.

  13. Wit's End says:

    Chris Winter, it’s funny isn’t it that there is no direct proof that smoking causes cancer either! Love this ad:

  14. Richard Brenne says:

    “D-K, Trump-Dude!”

    “D-K, Dude!” is what I feel is the most succinct answer to those making ridicutrumplous statements.

    Here’s Skeptical Science about it yesterday:

    Also see: “NOAA: Warmest January in both satellite records” a few posts ago at Climate Progress, especially comments 21, 22 where the Dunning-Kruger effect of rubes, hayseeds and yahoos thinking they know more than the world’s working scientists put together is discussed.

    And being a billionaire evidently makes one more prone to rube-dom and D-K Dudery, because Trump’s ego is evidently even larger than the backhair he’s now combing over his head. Or is that a member of the wolverine family?

  15. Chris Winter says:

    @John Heidler (#12)

    RE: John Christy’s comments —

    His understanding is overstated.