Lesson of COVID-19 and wildfires? Vote for politicians who respect science
President Trump has promoted a fatalistic view of both COVID-19 and climate change.
Regarding COVID-19 deaths, he has said: “It is what it is.” The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but more than 20% of its coronavirus deaths.
With respect to hurricane damage in Texas, Trump has stated: “You’ve had tremendous storms in Texas for many decades, and for many centuries, and that’s the way it is.”
And now, in the face of conclusive contradictory evidence, Trump is blaming the devastating Western wildfires primarily on forest management, dismissing climate change.
In reality, it’s both. To quote the physicist Phillip B. Duffy, president of the Woodwell Climate Research Center: “Fundamentally, the science is very, very simple. Warmer and drier conditions create drier fuel. What would have been a fire easily extinguished now just grows very quickly and becomes out of control.”
Government is incapable of dealing with crises when it exclusively chooses evidence that fits its beliefs.
Earth Scientist Julien Emile-Geay has asserted that the 2020 election is “a referendum on objective reality.” This is exemplified by Trump’s Orwellian claim that the U.S. has the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate in the world.
On Nov. 3, let’s vote for candidates who respect science.
Terry Hansen, Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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