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Politics As fires ravage California, Trump gives his climate-change solution: 'It'll start getting cooler'

00:10  15 september  2020
00:10  15 september  2020 Source:   news.yahoo.com

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President Trump : " It ' ll start getting cooler . You just watch."Wade Crowfoot, CA Sec. for However, Newsom also welcomed Trump to California and thanked him for supporting the state financially as it battled Earlier on Monday, Democrat mega-donor Tom Steyer told CNN that the “only solution ” for

Trump 's response " It ' ll start getting cooler . You just watch." He then took a direct jab at scientists and their knowledge about the Earth's climate . Not sure how it sat with Gov. Newsom, but Trump 's promise for cooler temps in California feels about as respectful as telling America the coronavirus is

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unsuccessfully pressed President Trump on Monday to acknowledge that climate change is making wildfires worse across much of the West Coast.

“We obviously feel very strongly that the hots are getting hotter, that the drys are getting drier,” Newsom told Trump at a roundtable in Sacramento, Calif., where the president stopped for two hours on a fundraising trip for his reelection campaign. “When we’re having heat domes the likes of which we’ve never seen in our history — the hottest August ever in the history of this state, the ferocity of these fires, drought five-plus years, losing 163 million trees to the drought — something’s happened to the plumbing of the world. And we come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident that climate change is real and that is exacerbating this.”

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Trump insists ' it ' ll start getting cooler .' Climate change is real, and it's almost certainly making the West Coast's wildfires worse. But even when faced with that reality in California on Monday, President Trump turned to his old favorite advice of forest management and then seemed to flat-out doubt

Accusing Trump of “climate denial,” Biden acknowledged the current president “may not have caused these fires and record floods and record While Governor Gavin Newsom insists that climate change is to blame, critics have pointed to years of California ’s questionable forestry practices as contributing

But as the roundtable continued, and Trump was briefed on record-breaking temperatures in the state by Wade Crowfoot, California’s secretary of natural resources, he rejected the suggestion that climate change was a factor in the wildfires.

While Newsom, Trump and the other California officials all agreed on the need for more resources to be put into forest management, the president never mentioned the words “climate change” in his remarks. Speaking with reporters before he entered the briefing on the record-breaking wildfires that have ravaged California, Trump focused solely on forest management.

“We have to do a lot about forest management. Obviously forest management in California is very important and now it extends to Washington and extends also to Oregon,” Trump said. “There has to be good, strong forest management, which I’ve been talking about for three years with this state, so hopefully they’ll start doing that.”

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In it, Trump told Woodward in a Feb. 7 phone call that coronavirus "is deadly stuff" and worse than the flu. After that conversation, though, Trump publicly downplayed the virus and repeatedly compared it As fires ravage California , Trump gives his climate - change solution : ' It ' ll start getting cooler '.

The fires raging in three states show that the climate debate "is over", California 's governor says. "Just come to the state of California . Observe it with your own eyes," he told reporters from a Mountain regions that are normally cooler and wetter have dried out more rapidly in the summer

“If we ignore that science and put our head in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management we’re not going to succeed at protecting Californians,” Crowfoot responded.

“It’ll start getting cooler,” Trump replied. “You just watch.”

“I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot said.

“Well, I don’t think science knows actually,” Trump retorted, laughing.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News President Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

While fire experts in California agree that more controlled burns and selective logging could help control future wildfires by depriving them of fuel, they also point to climate change as another factor making the blazes worse.

“It’s just that there’s more opportunity for an ignition to coincide with bad fire weather, which allows it to escape our suppression,” Brandon Collins, a researcher with UC Berkeley’s Center for Fire Research and Outreach, told Yahoo News.

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President Trump will visit California on Monday to be briefed about blazes that have burned more than three million acres. Oregon’s fire marshal resigned as firefighters battle blazes. A sheriff’s deputy is punished after saying antifa members ‘are out causing hell.’

"If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?" the former vice president said. Some of the current wildfires, however, have been partly started by people, rather than being completely natural occurrences.

Numerous other factors also play into the blazes that have scorched more than 3 million acres so far this year, including the ongoing construction of new homes in fire prone areas, and an increased infestation of bark beetles, thanks to rising temperatures, which has killed millions of trees in the state. Trump, however, seemed to want to blame local officials for not properly cleaning up the state’s immense forests.

“You can knock this down to nothing,” Trump said of the wildfire problem. “You know you go to Europe and different places in Europe, countries where they’re forest countries and they’re very, very strong on management and they don’t have a problem.”

But Newsom also used his remarks at the roundtable to remind Trump that the bulk of the land where the wildfires are raging is on federally owned land.

“We acknowledge our role and responsibility to do more in that space, but one thing is fundamental: 57 percent of the land in this state is federal forest land,” Newsom said. “Three percent is California, so we really do need that support.”

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: President Trump (R) speaks to California Governor Gavin Newsom( D-CA) at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News President Trump (R) speaks to California Governor Gavin Newsom( D-CA) at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Walking a delicate balance, Newsom praised the federal-state partnership that has doubled the rate of forest clearing. The governor took a much more measured tone Monday than he did last week as he toured the fire devastation wrought by the North Complex fire in Orville.

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In his first remarks on the vast California wildfires that have killed at least seven people and forced thousands to flee, President Trump blamed the “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It ’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires ,” said

On Monday Donald Trump is visiting California for a briefing from forestry officials near 'Anybody that lives in California is insulted by that,' he said. 'Talk to a firefighter if you think that climate ' It 's maddening right now we have this cosmic challenge to our communities, the entire West Coast of the

“Record breaking temperatures, record droughts, and you’ve got something else at play and that’s exactly what the scientists have been predicting for a half a century,” Newsom said Friday. “It is here now. California, folks, is America fast-forward. What we’re experiencing right here is coming to a community all across the country unless we get our act together on climate change, unless we disabuse ourselves of all the B.S. that’s being spewed by a very small group of people.”

Moments before Trump touched down in Sacramento, Joe Biden delivered an address in Wilmington, Del., on the need to combat climate change. He said the president’s policies had made the problem worse.

“As he flies to California today, we know he has no interest in meeting this moment. We know he won’t listen to the experts or treat this disaster with the urgency it demands,” Biden said.

There is perhaps no other single issue on which Biden and Trump disagree more than climate change, a point that Biden hammered home during his speech.

“Donald Trump’s climate denial may not have cause these fires and record floods and record hurricanes, but if he gets a second term these hellish events will become more common, more devastating and more deadly.”

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