In the September 29 debate, two years after recommending that Californians rake the forest, President Trump deflected on commenting on the role of climate change in recent wildfires. Instead, he told us, “Every year I get the call: ‘California is burning! California is burning!” If that was cleaned, if you had good forest management, you wouldn’t be getting those calls.”

Ignoring climate change won’t prevent climate disasters. From California wildfires to Gulf Coast floods, we already experience their effects. Arguments that purposefully misconstrue the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems and communities increase our peril.