Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an open letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, stressing the role of climate change in recent wildfires that have ravaged the West Coast over the last week.
Smoke, air quality ‘primary issue’ across Western Washington
This came after the president traveled to California on Monday and met with Gov. Gavin Newsom, where he clashed with many of the state’s environmental experts. That came to a head when California’s Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot urged Trump to “recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests.”
“If we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management, we’re not going to succeed together protecting Californians,” Crowfoot said.
“It will start getting cooler, just you watch,” Trump replied.
Crowfoot then posed the argument that the president’s views are not aligned with the science behind climate change. To that, Trump countered, “I don’t think science knows, actually.”
In light of that exchange, Inslee similarly called on the president to “recognize the science behind this destruction and stop your path of distortion and deception.”
“These willful denials are harming our nation and our people,” Inslee’s letter reads. “You said about the climate: ‘It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.’ That is false. This abandonment of leadership has once again left the states on their own to fight this existential threat to our people.”
“I would urge you to abandon your half-baked theories and engage in good faith about the obvious relationship between climate

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