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Politics Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires

00:11  15 september  2020
00:11  15 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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'I don't think science knows,' Trump responds when challenged on climate change at wildfire briefing . US President Donald Trump (C) listens as FEMA workers speak at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020 during a briefing on wildfires .

President Donald Trump sparred with a California official about the ‘ science ’ of the weather affecting wildfires that have raged across the state, but won praise You just watch,” Trump said on Monday, during a roundtable in Sacramento with Newsom and other California officials, mostly Democrats.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires © BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires

President Trump cast doubt on the science of climate change and its role in the devastating western wildfires during a briefing with federal and local authorities in California on Monday, predicting that it would soon get "cooler."

State officials who met with Trump in McClellan Park, Calif., emphasized the explosion of temperatures in California in recent years, saying that climate change has been a primary factor driving the wildfires ravaging parts of the Pacific Northwest.

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Washington's governor called climate change a "blowtorch over our states". Mr Trump , a climate The president is due to be briefed on Monday by emergency crews who have been battling the fires Media captionDrone footage shows homes completely wiped out by wildfires . At least 10 people

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Monday to be briefed about its devastating wildfires while Democratic rival Joe Biden plans a The Sierra National Forest is illuminated by a burning fire during the Creek Fire in Tollhouse, California, US, Sep 8, 2020.

California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said that Trump and state officials agree that vegetation management needs to be an area of focus, but he said it would be a mistake to put one's "head in the sand" and ignore how climate change is exacerbating the fires.

"We want to work with you to really recognize the change in climate and what it means for our forests. And actually work together with that science, that science is going to be key because if we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it's all about vegetation management, we're not going to succeed together protecting Californians," Crawford said at the briefing.

"It'll start getting cooler, you just watch," Trump replied.

"I wish science agreed with you," Crowfoot replied.

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"I don't think science knows, actually," Trump said, without providing any further explanation.

Trump was joined at the briefing by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as well as other state and local officials.

Newsom discussed the devastation of the fires and the progress toward extinguishing them, thanking Trump for the federal support and what he called a "profoundly significant" move to issue a disaster declaration last month. Newsom said that 44,000 individuals had been evacuated, 24 people killed and 24 structures destroyed as a result of the fires.

The California governor also used his remarks to strongly emphasize the need to tackle climate change, asking Trump to respect their "difference of opinion" on the issue.

"We've known each other too long and as you suggest the working relationship, I value. We obviously feel very strongly the hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting dryer," Newsom said. "Something has happened to the plumbing of the world and we come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science in and observed evidence is self-evident that climate change is real and that is exacerbating this."

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"I think there is an area of at least commonality on vegetation, forest management, but please respect - and I know you do - the difference of opinion out here as it relates to this fundamental issue on the issue of climate change," Newsom said.

"Absolutely," Trump replied.

Trump has argued that forest mismanagement has result in the damaging fires that are currently devastating California and Oregon. The wildfires have burned millions of acres of land, forced residents from their homes in droves and left over 30 people dead.

Asked what he would like to see done on forest management upon landing in California on Monday morning, Trump said "a lot of things are possible."

"When trees fall down after a short period of time they become very dry - really like a matchstick ... and they can explode. Also leaves. When you have dried leaves on the ground it's just fuel for the fires," Trump told reporters.

Newsom noted during his remarks at the briefing that a majority of land in California is federally-owned, and that as a result the federal government has a significant responsibility in helping to better forest management in the state.

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Trump said that climate change is a “very complex subject,” adding, “I’m not sure anybody is ever going to really know” — casting doubt on the scientific Although critics of mainstream climate science have continued their attacks on researchers, the science has become even more solid.

“The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable — climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life,” he said in a statement. LA mayor blasts ‘Flat Earth’ Trump on climate crisis ahead of visit. Firefighters are tackling hundreds of blazes across three states.

While in California, Trump also awarded seven members of the California National Guard the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Video: Trump Blames California Wildfires on Forest Management, Not Climate Change (Bloomberg)

Trump Blames California Wildfires on Forest Management, Not Climate Change
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Among the Pentagon's fears is that weather-related catastrophes could mean it has to commit most of its resources to disaster relief missions.For several days, it seemed like the Air Force had lost about 10 percent of its deadliest fighter aircraft in one fell swoop, though by good fortune, the Raptors all reportedly proved repairable. The Air Force is still footing a staggering $5 billion bill to rebuild Tyndall and another base and move F-22 operations elsewhere.

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