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Analysis: Climate is not weather: Trump continues to get the two conflated

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, California, U.S., September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(CNN)"It'll start getting cooler. You just watch."

As he has done in the past, Trump is once again conflating seasonal weather with climate -- and ignoring the planet's long-term warming trend.

"People at all levels struggle with the difference between weather and climate," Marshall Shepherd, an atmospheric scientist and director of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia, told CNN.

Climate skeptics have conflated the two for years, for example, pointing to cold winter weather as proof that global warming is a hoax, most likely to play on people's confusion about the two.

Major scientific agencies such as the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the US National Climate Assessment agree in their latest reports that even if all greenhouse gas emissions came to a screeching halt, global warming would continue for decades -- though the rate and severity could certainly be lessened by aggressively turning away from fossil fuels.

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