A prominent research meteorologist shut down claims about the climate from socialist rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) last week after the 29-year-old lawmaker revealed that she did not understand the difference between weather and climate.
Ocasio-Cortez, a climate extremist who has repeatedly insisted that the world will seemingly than in 12 years unless her policies are adopted, claimed that a tornado warning in Washington, DC was proof of climate change.
"A tornado watched by the National Weather Service was tweeted 2:47 PM Thursday afternoon for the DC area. A watch means conditions are favorable for a particular weather event, while a warning means is prepared to move to a protected area, "HotAir noted. "A warning is issued when a tornado, for example, has been spotted in the sky or radar shows intense low-level rotation. In other words, a person should pay attention to weather conditions and be cautious under a watch but if a warning is issued, that is the time to act. "
" The climate crisis is real y'all, "Ocasio said on Instagram. "Guess we are at casual tornadoes in the growing regions of the country?"
Ryan Maue, who has a Ph.D. in meteorology, quickly fact-checked Ocasio-Cortez, writing on Twitter: "I thought this was fake but it's from [Ocasio-Cortez̵
" "The Congresswoman [Ocasio-Cortez] does not know the difference between weather and climate," Maue added. "Let's try an easy analogy: Weather is what you wear heading out of. Climate is your closet wardrobe."
Even more hilariously, the PBS article that Ocasio-Cortez "referenced in her Instagram story doesn't concur that increased tornado activity is the result of climate change, "HotAir added.
Prominent climate change scientists have pushed back on Ocasio-Cortez's extremist rhetoric. Axios reported the following quotes:
- Andrea Dutton, a paleoclimate researcher at the University of Florida: "For some reason the media latched onto the 12 years (2030), presumably because they thought it helped to get across the message about how quickly we are approaching this and how we urgently need action. Unfortunately, this has led to a complete miskaracterization of what the report said. "Gavin Schmidt, who leads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies: "All the time-limited frames are bulls ***. Nothing special happens when the 'carbon budget' runs out of whatever temperature targets you care about, instead the costs of emissions steadily rise."
- Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at NASA: "12 years is not a deadline, and climate change is not a cliff we fall off – it's a slope we slide down. We don't have 12 years to prevent climate change – we have No time, it's already here s-usual scenario, the world is not going to be in exactly twelve years. "Ocasio-Cortez recently backed off here claiming that the world was going to end in 12 years if its policies were not adopted by the U.S. Government after she found herself on the receiving end of mockery for several months.
"This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and 'fact check' it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Like the world ending in 12 years' thing, you'd have to have the social intelligence of a sponge to think it's literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows."