İrem UZUN -TDO- President Donald Trump on Monday asserted that climate change is not playing a role in the catastrophic wildfires overtaking forests across the west of the country, rebutting an official briefing him who pleaded for the President listen to the science. "I don't think science knows, actually," Trump said at a Monday briefing with officials in McClellan Park, California, with a laugh. "It'll start getting cooler. You just watch," he told Wade Crowfoot, secretary of California's Natural Resources Agency.
Blazes in several states have burned vast areas of land and killed at least 36 people since early August. Scientists say human activities have driven up global temperatures. When asked by a reporter whether climate change was a factor in the massive wildfires, Trump responded "I think this is more of a management situation." He also claimed that other countries had not dealt with the same level of forest fires, despite major conflagrations in Australia and the Amazon rainforest in recent years that experts attributed to the changing climate. "They don't have problems like this," he said. "They have very explosive trees, but they don't have problems like this." "When you get into climate change, well is India going to change its ways? And is China going to change its ways? And Russia? Is Russia going to change its ways?" he added.
Joe Biden assailed Trump’s record on the climate, asserting that the president’s inaction and denial had fed destruction. “If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires?” Biden asked. “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,” he added.