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Where there's fire, trump blows smoke

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Where there's fire, trump blows smoke

The Editorial commentator of The New York Times says that what is really alarming about President Trump's preposterous tweets about the California wildfires is not what he gets wrong, which is plenty, but what they say about his stubborn refusal to grasp the basics of climate change and, perhaps worse, his administration's contempt for the science that is drawing an ever-tighter link between a warming globe and extreme weather events around the world. Sunday night, Mr. Trump, in his first comments on the wildfires that have raged for weeks, said the fires had been "made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount[s] of readily available water to be properly utilized." A second tweet, on Monday, complained that water needed for fighting the fires was being "diverted into the Pacific Ocean." In neither tweet was there mention of lives lost, the 600,000 acres of woodland so far consumed and the 1,100, and counting, homes destroyed. The most generous interpretation of Mr. Trump's remarks was that he had been confused by complaints from California Republicans that state law, which seeks to allocate water among farmers, urban users and the environment, had unfairly favored fish over farmers. But even if that were true, which it is not, that ancient dispute has nothing to do with the availability of water for firefighting, which comes largely from lakes and ponds. Any doubts about global warming's pivotal role in extreme weather events have been put further to rest by a long, hot and dangerous summer of climatological surprises. Add them up. Wildfires raced not only through California but also Greece and as far north as the Arctic Circle. Japan recorded its highest temperature in history, 106 degrees, in a heat wave that killed 65 people in a week. Europe continues to suffer through one of its hottest summers ever. It seems as though that's something for the world outside Trumpville to worry about. — The New York Times

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