The 2020 Democratic presidential primaries are still a year away, but Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is already showing she can navigate President Donald Trump‘s personal attacks with wit.
Announcing her 2020 presidential campaign as snow blanketed Minneapolis on Sunday, Klobuchar became covered with flakes, from her hair to her coat, as she discussed several political issues that have inspired her bid for the White House — including climate change.
It didn’t take long for Trump, 72, to tweet about his potential 2020 rival: “Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”
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Klobuchar, 58, responded with a dig of her own: “Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues). And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard? Everyone else can join my team and contribute at http://amyklobuchar.com.”;
Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues). And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?
Everyone else can join my team and contribute at https://t.co/Hz91NGE8hB https://t.co/Xjjz9I2Fw7
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 10, 2019
Cold weather in one part of the world does not disprove global warming, according to scientists. “It’s like saying, ‘If everyone around me is wealthy, then poverty is not a problem,’” Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy and chief climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told CNN after Trump tweeted about climate change in 2017.
“Weather refers to the conditions in the atmosphere over a short period of time, whereas climate refers to trends in atmospheric patterns over a much longer timescale,” Dr. John Fleming, a climate scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, told Accuweather.
“This is well expressed as an analogy: weather is like your mood, whereas climate is like your personality,” Fleming continued.
“This is why it is possible to have unusually cold weather across much of the U.S. winter, while observing that globally, surface temperatures have been steadily rising,” he added.
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Indeed, 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NBC News reported earlier this month.
Though snow was falling during Klobuchar’s speech in Minnesota on Sunday, record-breaking, “unprecedented” heat has been impacting Australia, Chile and Argentina this February during summer in the southern hemisphere, reported USA Today.
During her speech on Sunday, Klobuchar, a third-term senator, said she would work to reverse Trump’s policies, should she win the Democratic nomination and win the White House next year. Her initiatives would include rejoining the Paris climate agreement.
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