Opinion | Trump, Covid and Climate Change: What He Says vs. What He Knows

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To the Editor:Re “Spurred by Fires, Trump and Biden Clash on Climate” (front page, Sept. 15):You refer to President Trump as a president “who has long scorned climate change as a hoax.” But the reality is more sinister: Much as we’ve recently learned about Mr. Trump’s views on the coronavirus, he has been well aware of the reality of climate change.How do we know? Because in your own newspaper, on Dec. 6, 2009, Mr. Trump was part of a group that purchased a full-page ad urging action on climate change, in which he (and the group) stated, “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”So Mr. Trump knows the scientific truth, but for political purposes he chooses to lie about it to the American public. Apparently, he has so little respect for his own supporters that he just assumes they are too unintelligent to recognize what he himself knows to be “scientifically irrefutable.”Jeffrey BennettBoulder, Colo.The writer is the author of “A Global Warming Primer.”To the Editor:Re “Trump, a Bold Climate Denier, Confronts a Charred California” (front page, Sept. 14): …

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