01/05/2014 12:52 EST | Updated 03/07/2014 05:59 EST

Calgary Councillor Gets Heat For 'Global Warming Alarmists' Tweet

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A Calgary city councillor is taking heat from some residents over a tweet in which he blasted "global warming alarmists" and appeared to suggest cold weather is a sign climate change supporters are blowing the problem out of proportion.

Sean Chu, councillor for Ward 4, tweeted Saturday afternoon that recent cold weather and the fact that a ship is stuck in ice near Antarctica seem to have quieted climate change "alarmists." 

Many Calgarians on Twitter jumped into the the fray, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

"Wow," Nenshi tweeted. "Winter is a talking point?"

Chu has not yet released an official statement or clarification of his comment.

However, many of the comments swirling on social media suggested Chu was sticking to a standard right-wing talking point, with one user, @no3puttever, suggesting he had "[drunk] the Kool-Aid."

What do you think? Is it appropriate for an elected official to mock climate change?

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