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Opinion: This is the climate election

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A helicopter drops water to help extinguish the Bobcat Fire, in Arcadia, California, U.S., September 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

John Sutter, reacting to Trump's comments about the climate during a briefing on the wildfires in California, writes that it's not getting cooler and it won't. And the gulf between Trump and Joe Biden must be noted. It's wider than it has been in any American election. Biden acknowledges the threat of climate change while Trump continues to deny reality.

He is director of the forthcoming BASELINE series, which is visiting four locations on the front lines of the climate crisis every five years until 2050.

(CNN)"It'll start getting cooler. "

The aim is to cast negligent and unwarranted doubt on the reality of climate science, which has told us clearly and for many decades now that humans are driving dangerous warming.

"It'll start getting cooler," Trump said.

I'd like to watch November 2020 become the definitive climate election.

But I'd like to watch Americans realize that.

Outdoor air pollution, much of it caused by burning fossil fuels, kills 4. 2 million people per year globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Fixing the climate crisis means getting rid of that pollution, and therefore saving millions of lives.

Climate advocates had sharply criticized Biden for not proposing policies that would move swiftly enough to eliminate fossil fuel pollution, which is the only way we can truly "solve" the crisis we have at hand.

Biden acknowledges the threat of climate change while Trump continues to deny reality.

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