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Trump spurns science on climate & wildfires, Biden blasts him as a ‘climate arsonist’

SACRAMENTO, California — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and renewed his unfounded claim that poor forest management is mostly to blame.

The fires are threatening to become another front in Trump’s reelection bid, which is already facing hurdles because of the coronavirus pandemic, joblessness and social unrest. His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in his own speech on Monday said the destruction and mounting death toll across California, Oregon and Washington require stronger presidential leadership and labeled Trump a “climate arsonist.”

Trump traveled to Northern California to be briefed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state and federal officials. At one point, state Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot urged the president to “recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests.”

“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,” Crowfoot added.

Trump responded, “It will start getting cooler, just you watch.”

Crowfoot politely pushed back that he wished the science agreed with the president. Trump countered, “I don’t think science knows, actually.”

That striking moment came on a day of dueling campaign events, with Trump and Biden dramatically contrasting their outlooks on climate change —and the impact it has had on the record-setting fires ravaging the West Coast.

"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? If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?" Biden said in remarks he delivered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Referring to one of Trump's main arguments in his re-election campaign about the safety of suburbs, Biden said, "You know what is actually threatening our suburbs? Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the West, floods are wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the Midwest."

By Monday, more than 3.3 million acres had been burned in the Golden State this year -- more than 27 times more than in 2019, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters in the state have not seen anything like this season in more than a century, when the Great Fire of 1910 blazed through more than 3 million acres.

The wildfires also claimed the lives of 27 people last week, and officials remain concerned that this week's weather conditions will not bring a respite to the region.

Throughout his remarks, Biden sought to tie together the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, criticizing Trump for "his disdain for science and facts."

"Once again, he fails the most basic duty to a nation. He fails to protect us from the pandemic, from an economic freefall, from racial unrest, from the ravages of climate change. It's clear that we're not safe and Donald Trump's America. This is Donald Trump's America. He's in charge," Biden said, co-opting a line often used by the Trump campaign against him.

Preempting Trump's California stop, Biden argued Trump has "no interest" in confronting the challenge of climate change, saying it's "another crisis he won't take responsibility for," a dig at the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"As [Trump] 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 as any president should do during a national emergency," Biden said, adding, "The West is literally on fire, and he blames the people whose homes and communities are burning."

Biden cast the response to climate change as a choice between uniting to fight the problem or surrendering and ignoring it.

"We have a choice. We can invest in our infrastructure to make it stronger and more resilient, improving the health of Americans and creating millions of good paying jobs while at the same time tackling the root causes of climate change," Biden said. "Or we can continue down the path Donald Trump has us on -- a path of indifference, costing tens of billions of dollars to rebuild."

Biden expressed his support for those suffering from the effects of the fires, as well as the firefighters and first responders on the front lines of the emergency, while also blasting Trump for "deny[ing] ... reality" on climate change's role in the ongoing crisis.

"The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable -- climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life. President Trump can try to deny that reality, but the facts are undeniable. We absolutely must act now to avoid a future defined by an unending barrage of tragedies like the one American families are enduring across the West today," Biden said.

Biden and Trump have offered vastly different visions when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change.

The former vice president has unveiled a sweeping proposal that calls for the United States to achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2035 and make a $2 trillion investment over his first four years in office in green energy and infrastructure to combat the threat of climate change.

Throughout his first term in office, Trump has rolled back a slate of Obama-era environmental regulations, including ones that placed emissions-standards on American-made cars and the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would have limited carbon emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants, and withdrew the United States from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

Despite those rollbacks, Trump declared himself "a great environmentalist," during a speech in Florida last week, where he announced the extension of a 10-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling off the state's coast as well as the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

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  1. What an idiot. Climate change? Since when had mankind controlled the climate? Now he’s blaming the fires to climate change when arsons are the cause. It was California’s own policies responsible for the fires. Improper forestation to protect the supposedly environment is the real culprit. It was just going to take time for this devastation to occur without proper control of the forests and wilderness areas. Just poor governmental management by the demoKKKrats.

      1. Really? Where are the scientific facts genius? There are NONE. Maybe a surprise to you but you can not control climate. Man does not cause climate change and cannot change it. Your boy gory predicted the world would end in 2012. Maybe you are not here but the rest of us are sure as hell are here. Maybe you should catch up instead of living in fantasy land with alberto pedo muerto your mind buddy. Not much of a mind either.

    1. We aren’t talking about what actually started the fires. People not paying attention to campfires, arsonists, idiots, and lightning, are not the subject. What we are talking about are the prolonged drought conditions that are irrefutable evidence of climate change just like the first of September snows in CO and the next hurricane coming ashore in LA. If you can’t figure it out, read about it in Scientific American or Science magazine. If you can’t read, watch NOVA on PBS and they can tell you all about it. It has nothing to do with forest mismanagement or some idiot in the forest with a match. It has to do with the FACT that when you put too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, you create a greenhouse effect thay will not allow heat to disapate. This causes and contributes to drought conditions.

      1. I just found your comprehension problem. You actually watch PBS and NOVA. Just two stations that adhere to the fake climate change talking points. No evidence just speculation. None of what you say has been proven. I repeat, all speculation.

        1. You sir are what we call an uneducated individual. There is no better source of current science info than NOVA. There isn’t a thing that can be done to help you if you refuse to help yourself.

          1. You madam are a marxist fool leming. Willing to drink the kool aid just because you stupid demoKKKrat party says so. Don’t need your help. Especially if you want to force it down my throat. You believe what you believe. I do the same. We’ll eventually see who was right.

  2. Man is putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That creates a greenhouse effect. When heat cannot escape it causes a rise in global temperature. This rise in temperature causes climate change. The science is in. Its been proven. Get on board or get left behind. Me, I’m in the process of buying a Tesla. If you don’t do the same, you will be walking before the end of the decade.

    1. There is no rise in temperature caused by man. I was supposed to be dead in 2012 according to your boy gory. You idiots keep pushing this idea that we’ll be dead if we don’t do something. Guess what? And I’ll say it slowly for you to understand. MAN CANNOT CONTROL CLIMATE. Neither by deed or by chance. Now we’ll be dead by 2030. You libtards keep putting the date forward when your stupid theory doesn’t happen. Arson caused the fires in California. Not the drought. It was extremely poor environmental management by the demoKKKrats ruling class that caused the 24 and counting deaths there. Not climate change. Your greenhouse effect can only be done in a small area like a controlled greenhouse in your backyard. Not the whole world. We just do not have that capability. So go talk to yourself somewhere and think what you are going to do when hiding biden loses.

        1. Screw you fool. What is your’e interest that I’m a moron or not? I don’t give a damn if you are wrong. So as long as I know I and millions of intelligent people don’t fall for your stupidity.

      1. You are correct. Man cased the fires to start. Except for the ones caused by lightning. However climate change driven drought caused the fires to spread and travel so far and wide.

        1. Because all the hippie tree huggers wont let the forests be cleaned. They say nature put the dead branches there and nature can take it away. And thats usually done by fires

        2. And your damn liberal demoKKKrat rulers decided not to take those dead tress out of there because they feared environmental harm with no evidence. Just because that’s what they believe. Only real morons will take a politicians word for anything.

      2. The rise in global temps has been caused by man’s injection of massive amounts of carbonvdioxide into the atmosphere. Even kids in the 2nd and 3rd grade know this. Catch up.

          1. The proof fills millions of volumes of scientific literature. If you would read some of it you would know whats going on.

    2. Then explain the past 3 or 4 events the same as what we are experiencing right now or worse over the past million years or so? It’s all natural you stupid A-hole. Please stop listening to the fear mongers and do some actual research. I HAVE. We are no match for mother earth. She will win and overcome just like she always has. You always fail to mention the suns cycle in your stupid arguments. It plays a very REAL and POWERFUL role in this as well.

      1. There is no abrupt rapid rise in earth temps prior to 1980. This rise is extreme and not within the normal 10,000 year fluctuations. This was caused by man injecting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

        1. The really bad part is it makes plant life hardier, and farming more successful. The nerve of it all. Now that i think about it you are probably right. All that extra plant life is probably why the fires are so out of control

        2. That is a flat out lie. There is tons of data going back millions of years confirming rapid temperature rises equal to or greater than we are seeing now. Yu fail to see the facts because facts go against your narrative.

        1. Oh, you mean the leftist sierra club attempt at hand picking the scientists and they just happen to be the same scientists they are funding, you mean those scientists?

        2. Not all. I’ve shared with you tons of climate studies from reputable climate scientists that say the exact opposite. You refuse to read them. Again, if it doesn’t fit your liberal propaganda then you don’t listen.

  3. Well, that’s putting it mildly Mr Biden. Master at understatement because you’re a gentleman. Too nice (He like most Democrats) nice! Needs to represent hard. Realize that big blowhards republicans like Donald ‘Trumpet’ ONLY RESPECT FORCE! They do not respect morals, they does not respect ethics and playing nice. GLOVES OFF!

  4. Ironically the government will pursue and prosecute Climate Caregivers but turns a blind eye to Climate Arsonists.1999 Had a college professor of Social Philosophy at UTEP who was an environmental activist/ Animal rights . Shared with class been placed on domestic terrorist list by our partisan government.

    1. And that professor is nowhere now. He was wrong then and he is wrong now. And he should be a domestic terrorist. Bue read further as to why. Not just his believes without evidence but with his intentions of trying to do harm to people that don’t agree with him. He is just another anarchists as your BLM buddies forward.

    1. That would be your desire. But even if Mr Trump loses the election, we will still be here to counter every stupid move your demoKKKrats make. You all are the real anarchists that want to hurt this country. Along with all the illegal aliens.

    2. You are comparing apples to oranges nitwit. It’s a greater issue why holocaust deniers in Germany get prosecuted. Recall WWII? You are a total nitwit. Also, those leftist European countries do not have a U.S. Constitution with a 1st Amendment.

  5. And here is the trend comrad turner. The ruling found that Wolf’s restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down were unconstitutional.
    Just another win for our best president ever.

  6. Madmike and his 3 pendejo buddies drank the Trump coolaid. I mean you all chugged that bitch. Bunch of Trump lowlife pendejos. Bend of story. Oh in advanced…….FU

    1. Come on man thats ridiculous. You’re an idiot.That would be like arresting people for not being vegan. We don’t live in a totalitarian regime. As long as Trump wins in November we still won’t be.

        1. Really? Does that include the policy makers putting up wind mills that are reducing the bird populations and sub-terranean mammal populations due to vibrations? Does that include the policy makers who are pushing for un-needed electric cars which is causing an increase in child slavery to work in cobalt mines? Does that include policy makers hell-bend on shutting down the oil and gas industry setting the world economy and modern life as we know it back 200 years? Does that include policy makers who are deliberately politicking a virus to harm a sitting President at the expense of the people resulting in death? Does that include policy makers who allow 4 US patriots to get killed in Benghazi because they didn’t have the balls to stand up to countries who actually threaten us? Those policy and lawmakers. You’re an idiot, a hypocrite and an A-hole.

    1. But it’s too easy to brainwash a libtard on junk science supporting the climate change hoax. You aren’t an Einstein that’s for sure moron. Alberto is so dumb and dumber.

  7. If every president we ever had thought like Trump we would all be speaking Russian instead of English. Seat belts on cars would be outlawed, cigarette cartons would be a nickel each, and babies would be taught to shoot a gun as soon as they were born. There would be no Social net programs, no race equality and there would be a president for life. Carbon dioxide would be fake, climate change just a permanent Summer(yay) and Santa Claus would be declared a Socialist(how dare he give out presents to EVERYONE) and all married women would be required to give birth to one child for every year they are married. Welcome to the United States of Trump.

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