- President Donald Trump denied that climate change played a role in the record-breaking forest fires on the west coast.
- "It's getting cooler," Trump said Monday during a briefing in California about the forest fires. "You just watch."
- "I wish science would agree with you," replied California Secretary of State for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot.
- The fires burned more than 5 million acres and killed at least 26 people as of Monday.
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President Donald Trump again shook off the scientific consensus that climate change is a major contributor to the record-breaking forest fires that devastate several western states.
"It's getting cooler, you see," Trump said Monday in California, while he was briefed by Governor Gavin Newsom and other heads of state about the ongoing forest fires.
"I wish science would agree with you," urged Wade Crowfoot, the secretary of state for natural resources.
Newsom and Crowfoot pointed to previous comments. Trump alleged that forest management was largely responsible for the unprecedented forest fires that disrupt life in parts of California, Oregon and Washington. More than 5 million acres have been burned, hundreds of thousands cleared their homes and at least 26 people died on Monday.
"We haven't done our forest management justice. I don't think anyone is contesting this," Admitted Newsom, but he added, "climate change is real and that makes it worse."
"We want to work with you to truly understand the changing climate and what it means to our forests," Crowfoot told Trump. "This science will be the key. If we ignore this science and bury our heads in the sand and think it's all about vegetation management, we won't work together to protect the Californians."
"I don't think science really knows," replied Trump, quickly moving on to the next questions.
The scientific community agrees that climate changes such as higher temperatures can lead to drier and warmer conditions that increase the risk of forest fires and extend their duration. California and other western states are experiencing record heat waves and years of drought. Recently Environmental research found This climate change is linked to the increasing risk of fire in parts of California.
Other factors, including land use and forest management, also contribute to the fires.
The president has long dismissed the growing climate crisis, previously calling science a "joke" the Chinese made to harm the US economy. As President, Trump reversed or undermined any major federal policy designed to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.
Even after his daughter and top consultant Ivanka tried to stop Her father, who had given up the Paris Climate Agreement, withdrew from the landmark international agreement in 2017.
A New York Times report found that the Trump administration had withdrawn or abolished at least 70 environmental regulations, and 30 more such policy reversals were underway in mid-July.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden beat up Trump as a "climate arsonist" during a campaign speech on Monday. Warning four more years about Trump would make wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate-related natural disasters worse.
"If we have another four years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in forest fires?" Referring to Trump's claims, Biden said Biden's housing and law enforcement policies would "get rid of" the suburbs. "How many suburbs will have been flooded? How many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms?"