Editorial: Sidelining science: Donald Trump undermines fight against virus, wildfires and more

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Look to the south and see Americans in Gulf Coast states preparing for Hurricane Sally. Look further north and see glaciers melting. Look west and see wildfires raging across multiple states, destroying property and taking lives.

And tri-state residents? Just look straight up, take note of the strange overcast sky glowing yellow, residue of ash traveling eastward 3,000 miles.

Yet on this building evidence of climate change wreaking havoc and on a whole host of other life-and-death matters, President Trump cannot or will not bring himself to face scientific fact. Good reason to deny him another term.

Monday, in conversation with California’s secretary for natural resources, Trump shrugged off accepted meteorological findings about climate change, “Well, I don’t think science knows, actually.”

Trump political appointees have meddled with CDC coronavirus data, while the president has acted as an infomercial hawker on hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma rather than following the evidence.

Trump has given his appointees power to interfere with career government researchers, so as to ease the unraveling of environmental protections.

He has invented scientific conclusions about energy sources he dislikes; sidelined scientists on air pollution regulations; kneecapped advisory panels when they didn’t toe the Trump line; and canceled or suppressed researchers’ studies when their likely conclusions didn’t line up with his politics.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or climate scientist or physicist or biologist to know that a man who so consistently disrespects scientific experts has no business running the country.

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Thick smoke from multiple forest fires shrouds iconic El Capitan, right, and the granite walls of Yosemite Valley on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Yosemite National Park, California. - Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS
A deer grazes in Cook's Meadow as thick smoke shrouds the iconic landmarks of Yosemite Valley on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Yosemite National Park, California. - Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS
US President Donald Trump(R) speaks to California Governor Gavin Newsom(D-CA) at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, CA on Sept. 14, 2020 during a briefing on wildfires. - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images North America/TNS
US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, CA on Sept. 14, 2020. - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images North America/TNS
US President Donald Trump listens as FEMA workers speak at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, CA on Sept. 14, 2020 during a briefing on wildfires. - BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images North America/TNS