Online users criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., following her Monday evening tweet asserting that the Earth had reached its highest temperature in 120,000 years.
In her tweet, Omar urged the declaration of a "climate emergency," stating that the record for the hottest day was shattered thrice. Yet, her claim was met with doubt and skepticism, with a community note from Twitter questioning the validity of her statement.
"Is this satire?" asked Republican Utah Senate candidate Trent Staggs, the current mayor of Riverton, Utah.
"What was the temperature of the globe at 12pm GMT on July 1st, 116,539 BC?" former White House adviser Stephen Miller fired back.
The earth just broke the record for the hottest day in 120,000 years. In fact, we broke in on three separate days.
National climate emergency now.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 17, 2023
WFLA-TV, a Florida-based local news outlet, reported earlier this month that the Earth had experienced its "hottest day in 120,000 years" on multiple consecutive days. This information was based on data from the Climate Reanalyzer dashboard, a tool managed by the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute that archives weather data going back to 1979. However, the tool emphasizes that the data it provides should not be considered as "official" observational records.
Furthermore, the WFLA-TV report specifies that formal weather record-keeping only started in the 1800s. Any data pertaining to periods before this is derived from "sophisticated methods of examining copious climate clues in proxy data like tree rings, ice cores, ocean sediments, etc."
"Okay, let’s test this claim. What was the earth’s temperature in July 20,000 years ago? Or 60,000 years ago? Or 119,000 years ago? Please provide evidence to substantiate your answers," conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza tweeted.
Although President Biden has concentrated a significant portion of his term on tackling climate change, he hasn't officially announced it as a national emergency. Declaring a climate emergency would empower Biden to circumvent Congress and execute several regulatory measures typically beyond the White House's jurisdiction.
In July 2022, despite anticipations of the president declaring a climate emergency, he chose to release executive orders to address the "climate crisis." However, he refrained from declaring it an emergency.
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