America’s No. 1 game show host Donald Trump was none too smart when he tweeted on New Year’s Day that the cold weather is reason to believe global warming is a hoax.

But the New York Times isn’t any better for editorializing Wednesday the same thing, but in reverse (emphasis added):

Weather is changing in ways we cannot easily predict or understand.

The point stressed by meteorologists the world over is that severe conditions that used to occur infrequently, say once a century, now happen more frequently, with greater and greater consequences. The threat of climate change is real, and our governments should prepare for the damage and dislocations caused by more extreme weather. Common sense would dictate that we attack all the risk factors that might make things worse next time.