When President Donald Trump questioned climate change in a tweet about the cold snap that hit the east coast in December, few were surprised. Donald Trump has a long history of climate denial, and the presidency has done nothing to change that.
What did cause a stir, however, was one particular response to the President’s tweet authored by Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino. “I think climate change is more complex than global warming will make it hotter. It has to do with disruptions of atmospheric conditions, ocean patterns, jet streams and shit like that,” he wrote.
The online reaction was mixed. Many praised the reality TV star, whereas others joked at the perceived absurdity of having a Jersey Shore cast member school the President on climate change. And Vinny pushed back on that, too. “I get the joke but why does having a summer shore house automatically make u stupid?” he tweeted. After all, this wasn’t the first time Vinny had spoken out about climate change online.
Regardless of the reason behind people’s interest in Vinny’s tweet, his concerns over global warming are real and they got the world’s attention. So, we asked Vinny if he’d be willing to come to VICE HQ and interview chemist and climate expert Bhawani Venkataraman — with the help of some of our viewers.
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