Rather than adapt, a collection of scientists, doctors, and writers campaigned to deforest the land. In their minds, cutting down thousands of acres at a time would improve the weather.
The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change
Stephanie Buck

The source here doesn’t support the conclusion that land was cleared to improve the weather. It supports the conclusion that land was cleared for agriculture, transportation, and population growth. This sort of distortion is on par with claims that the Civil War was fought over state’s rights rather than slavery.

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