Donald Trump Dismisses Climate Concerns As He Visits Fire-Ravaged Western US

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

"This is truly the bellwether for climate change on the west coast and this is a wake-up call for all of us that we have to do everything in our power to tackle climate change". "I know we come from different sides of the planet, but we actually have a great relationship".

"When trees fall down after a short period of time they become very dry - really like a matchstick ... and they can explode - also leaves", the president said. Auto and truck emissions are the single biggest contributor to climate change, and California has always been empowered to set its own rules. The fire-friendly weather is the result of warm, dry and breezy conditions. Satellite images showed the smoke was wafting inland in an easterly direction, the Bureau of Land Management said on Twitter on Sunday.

"The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier", he said.

University of Colorado fire scientist Jennifer Balch called Trump's deflecting blame on forest managers "infuriating".

"There has to be strong forest management", he said. "We have trees that are far more explosive than they have in California, and we don't have that problem".


Biden, who gave his climate speech in DE on Monday, released a $2 trillion plan in July to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from USA power plants by 2035. He has not embraced, for instance, some of the most progressive elements of the Green New Deal. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, that's cost tens of millions of American jobs and counting.

BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath says that while natural factors such as strong winds have helped the spread of the West Coast fires, the underlying heating of the climate from human activities is making these conflagrations bigger and more explosive. "But if he gets a second term, these hellish events will continue to become more common and more devastating and more deadly".

On arrival in McClellan Park, near Sacramento in central California, Mr Trump repeated his argument that the ever-growing danger from wildfires in places such as California, Oregon and Washington is due to insufficient maintenance of forest areas to make them less combustible.

Biden's running mate, California Sen.

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is set to tour the damage Tuesday.


In 2015, Trump stated bluntly: "I'm not a believer in global warming, I'm not a believer in man-made global warming". Mr. Biden said the threat of climate change "requires action, not scapegoating". Forestry officials have said that years of policies created to suppress as many fires as possible have allowed fuel to accumulate in forests across the West.

Authorities in California, where 24 people have died since 15 August, reported on Sunday that firefighters were working to contain 29 major wildfires across the state.

More than 30,000 firefighters are battling the blazes, with officials warning that improved weather could end Monday as windier conditions return.

An analysis out in August from Stanford climate and wildfire researcher Michael Goss and others found that a almost 2-degree (1 Celsius) rise in autumn temperatures and 30 per cent drop in rainfall has more than doubled the number of autumn days with extreme fire weather over the past 40 years.

A rabbit crosses the road with flames from a brush fire along Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California on 6 September 2020 The Valley Fire in the Japatul Valley burned 4,000 acres overnight with no containment and 10 structures destroyed, Cal Fire San Diego said.


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