“2016 was the second hottest year for the U.S. in more than 120 years of record keeping, government scientists announced on Monday, marking 20 above-average years in a row. Every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven, with two, Georgia and Alaska, recording their hottest year.”
See Itâ€™s Official: 2016 Was Second Hottest Year for U.S.While measuring temperatures on a global scale is expensive and measuring temperatures at a single point (like where I live) may not be truly representative, coverage over a large region like USA has merit as an indicator and it’s a whopper. USA has had 20 above-average temperature years in a row and 98% of recording stations showed 2016 hotter than average. It’s pretty convincing evidence of climate change to the upside in temperature. Trump can’t deny that. Trump can’t also deny that burning fossil fuels is dumping tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and that it’s a greenhouse gas. He can’t connect the dots though because he’s stupid and bigotted just like his EPA nominee.
Fortunately, Trump’s four-year term will cut short his nonsense and USA will come back to its senses after one dance with the devil. Of that 4 years, he might manage to ramp up CO2 production or dampen renewables for a year or two. Thank goodness the authours of the constitution had the forethought to put in term limitation. He’s also an old geezer and Nature might take its course.