Tuesday 15 September 2020

Trump baselessly questions climate science during California wildfire briefing (excerpt): CNN

"(CNN) President Donald Trump on Monday baselessly asserted that climate change is not playing a role in the catastrophic wildfires overtaking forests across the west, rebutting an official briefing him who pleaded for the President listen to the science.

Trump at the briefing in California. Video at CNN article
"I don't think science knows, actually," Trump said at a Monday briefing with officials in McClellan Park, California, with a laugh.
He told Wade Crowfoot, secretary of California's Natural Resources Agency: "It'll start getting cooler. You just watch."
Crowfoot had warned the President of the dangers of ignoring the science and putting "our head in the sand and thinking that it's all about vegetation management." 
Climate experts tell CNN due to human-caused climate change, temperature extremes are climbing higher and the vegetation is drier, which affects fire behavior.
Trump was also directly confronted by the state's Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, who has been adamant about climate change's role in the wildfires, bluntly telling the President: "Climate change is real." 
"We obviously feel very strongly the hots are getting hotter," Newsom said. 'The dries are getting drier. When we're having heat domes, the likes of which we've never seen in our history.'  "

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