America can’t discount science as the west burns and Maine gulf warms

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Wildfires have torn across the western coast of the U.S., devastating communities, destroying entire neighborhoods, burning millions of acres and claiming dozens of lives. It is an undisputed crisis, and there can be little doubt that climate change has helped fuel it.

Unfortunately, President Donald Trump continues to throw cold water on scientific evidence and expertise. In a back and forth on Monday with California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Trump asserted that “it will start getting cooler” as California endures record heat. Crowfoot, a member of Democatic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, said he wished science agreed with the president.

“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump said in response.

Well, scientists do know, actually, that climate change is intensifying wildfires

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