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While Donald Trump Signed an Order to undo Climate Regulation, the World saw its second-hottest March ever

Two pieces of information about the month of March 2017 strike so hard at one another that sparks fly:

  1. On March 28, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create looser standards for dirty power plants, enabling the corporations that run those power plants to unleash more and more pollutants into the air we breathe, including the pollutants that cause global warming.  As President Trump signed the order, he was surrounded by fossil fuel corporate executives who applauded loudly.
  2. New data available this week demonstrate that the month of March 2017 was the second hottest March in the 138-year record of direct observations around the globe over land and sea accumulated by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies:

Global temperature variation for the month of March from 1880 to 2017 (source of data: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
It turns out that the absolute hottest March was only last year, 2016. The twenty hottest Marches in the record all come from the last thirty years. They are, in order:

2016
2017
2010
2002
2015
2014
1990
2008
2005
2007
2013
2004
2011
1998
2006
2000
2001
2012
2003
2009

Meanwhile, the twenty coolest Marches in the record all come from the year 1960 or before (the ten coolest Marches all come from before 1918).

That’s what we call global warming. Our President says it’s a Chinese hoax. And corporate executives are laughing all the way to the bank.

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