On Environment and Energy, Trump Often Picks His Own Facts

New York Times, Aug. 3, 2017

President Trump held a rally Thursday night with some of his favorite people: West Virginians. As he often does, he praised coal and coal miners, and claimed credit for a turnaround in the industry.

“We are putting our coal miners back to work,” Mr. Trump said. “We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal. We’ve stopped the E.P.A. intrusion.”

But many of the things Mr. Trump says about coal, climate change and the environment bear a strained relationship with the truth. He often cherry-picks facts that prove to be exaggerations when the broader context is considered. He has made inaccurate assertions many times; he is more likely to repeat than to retract.

Here are five of Mr. Trump’s most prominent climate and environmental claims as president:

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