President Donald Trump says he does not believe the stark predictions of a new federal climate assessment.

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The latest National Climate Assessment, a mandated report produced by scientists tasked for the job by the federal government, paints a dire picture of the myriad ways the economy and environment of the Northwest, as well as the rest of the United States, will soon be undermined by climate change.

If nothing is done to mitigate the effects of global warming, Washington’s fisheries and agriculture will be decimated, snowpacks — and ski areas — will grow scarce, wildfires will be even more common and Puget Sound will be more acidic. Nevertheless, the man at the top of the government is in denial.

President Donald Trump, making the dubious claim that he actually looked at the report, told the White House press corps that he does not believe it. This is convenient, since it relieves him of the duty of doing anything about this looming threat to the nation and our region.

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