President Donald Trump posted a lie he had seen on the Fox morning show “Fox & Friends” about climate change Tuesday morning and immediately received a much-needed fact check and thorough social media mocking.
The president cited a former Greenpeace official who was booted from the organization years ago to suggest that human activity has nothing to do with climate change:
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Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” @foxandfriends Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
First of all, Moore is NOT a co-founder of Greenpeace. He also hasn’t been a member of the group in decades, as the organization pointed out in a reply to Trump:
Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019
And then other social media denizens joined the fray, taking the president down several notches with facts and science:
when you applied to build a sea wall at your tacky golf resort in Ireland, the reason you gave was to protect your property from “global warming and its effects.” that not my language, that’s a direct quote from your application
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 12, 2019
He wasn’t a founder. He worked for them and Greenpeace let him go because of his sensational comments. But keep getting your info from FOX.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 12, 2019
For the sake of my infant son and the rest of the world please shut your goddamn mouth. One person with zero scientific training does not no more then the majority of the world’s scientists who have stated time and time again if climate change is not addressed now we are dead
— Bradley Weber (@bradweber1981) March 12, 2019
Also … WOW! pic.twitter.com/c1L9MWyJav
— Aquatic Ecologist (@H2OEcologist) March 12, 2019
A cloud of carbon dioxide once killed an entire village of 2,000 people. Yes, we need carbon to make up the cells of our body. Yes, we exhale carbon dioxide and plants need it to live. But all things in their proper proportion, or things get deadly.https://t.co/0RHHnloEB0
— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) March 12, 2019
Here’s a suggestion for President Trump: Turn off the TV, put down the cell phone, and go take a nap. At least that way you aren’t doing any real harm.
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