'It'll start getting cooler, you just watch': Trump denies scientific consensus that climate change is supercharging the West's wildfires
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President Donald Trump again shrugged off scientific consensus that climate change is a significant factor fueling the record-setting wildfires devastating several western states. "It'll start getting cooler, you just watch," Trump said on Monday in California while being briefed on the ongoing wildfires by Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state leaders. "I wish science agreed with you," Wade Crowfoot, the state's natural resources secretary, pushed back. Newsom and Crowfoot pointed to earlier comments Trump made that forest management is largely to blame for the unprecedented wildfires disrupting lives across parts of California, Oregon, and Washington state. More than 5 million acres have been burned, hundreds of thousands have evacuated their homes and at least 26 people have died as of Monday. "We have not done justice on our forest management. I don't think anyone disputes that," Newsom acknowledged, but he added, "climate change is real and that is exacerbating this." "We want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests," Crowfoot told Trump. "That science is going to be key. 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." "I don't think science knows, actually," Trump responded and quickly moved on to the next set of questions. The scientific community agrees that changes in climate, such as higher temperatures, can lead to drier and warmer conditions that increase wildfire risk and extend its duration. California and other western states are experiencing record heat waves and years-long drought. Recent environmental research found that climate change is linked to the increasing fire risk in parts of California. Other factors, including land use and forest management, also contribute to the fires. The president has long dismissed the growing climate crisis and previously called the science a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese to hurt the US economy. As president, Trump has reversed or undermined every significant federal policy designed to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Even after his daughter and top adviser Ivanka attempted to stop her father from abandoning the Paris Climate Accord, Trump withdrew from the landmark international agreement in 2017. A New York Times report found the Trump administration had rolled back or gotten rid of at least 70 environmental regulations and 30 more such policy reversals were in progress as of mid-July. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden blasted Trump as a "climate arsonist" during a campaign speech on Monday, warning four more years of Trump would mean worsening wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate-related natural disasters. "If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires?" Biden said, referencing Trump's claims that Biden's housing and law enforcement policies would "abolish" the suburbs. "How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out? How many suburbs will have been blown away in superstorms?"SEE ALSO: Trump is under fire for repeatedly celebrating law enforcement's killing of suspected antifa gunman in Washington Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires
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A California family is accusing Kamala Harris and Gov. Gavin Newsom of trespassing on their wildfire-ravaged property for a photo op
Summary List PlacementA family accused California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice...Summary List PlacementA family accused California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, of trespassing on their property while surveying damage from one of the state's wildfires on Tuesday. Newsom took Harris on a tour of the damage left behind by the Creek Fire, during which they took a few pictures at the shell of a former home in the town of Auberry. Brother and sister Trampas and Bailee Patten each took to Facebook to criticize the photo op, which they said took place at their parents' burned-down home. Bailee Patten wrote that the politicians "never got my parents permission to go on our property" and accused the two of parading her family's loss over social media "to push your agenda." Trampas Patten said in his post that his parents haven't even able to return to the house to survey the damage themselves. "For the record, my parents haven't even been let back in yet themselves, to sort through what is left of their lives, but these two felt the need to go traipsing around my parents [sic] property without permission," he wrote. "What has me really frustrated right now is the fact that these two politicians used my parents [sic] loss for a photo opportunity to push their political agenda!" Trampas Patten added. "Political party wouldn't have made a difference in this moment. Decent human beings that have character and class, wouldn't air someone else's misfortune on national television!" He went on to tell his followers not to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Harris in the 2020 election. "Think about this when you go to the polls in a few weeks to vote. Look at this picture closely, imagine it is what is left of your hard work, hopes, dreams, place of sanctuary," he wrote. "Do you want this kind of leadership, using you and your loss for political gain?!" In an interview with Fox 26, Bailee Patten said seeing the photos of Newsom and Harris at what is left of her parents' house left her speechless. "When we saw those photos, it was — there aren't words, because it's like, we haven't even seen our house. We haven't seen our property. There is no house, we haven't even seen our property," she said. During the tour, both Newsom and Harris blamed the wildfires in part on climate change, with Harris saying "it is incumbent on us, in terms of leadership of our nation, to take seriously the extreme changes in our climate." President Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge the scientific consensus that climate change had supercharged the wildfires. Harris also said during her visit: "The people who are victimized by these, they could care less — and their children would care less — who their voted for in the last election." Bailee Patten said she didn't like Harris calling her family victims, telling Fox 26: "We're survivors. We're gonna get through this, but the whole community has lost. And to just take a picture of one loss, it's not enough." Business Insider has contacted representatives for Newsom and Harris for comment. Fox 26 reported that it did not receive a response from Newsom, and that a spokesperson for Harris declined to comment. Read more: Trump falsely claimed that the California wildfires were fueled by trees that 'explode' Gov. Gavin Newsom gave Trump a patronizingly simplistic briefing pack on the California wildfires, with lots of pictures and massive fonts 'It'll start getting cooler, you just watch': Trump denies scientific consensus that climate change is supercharging the West's wildfires Before and after photos show how California wildfire smoke transformed San Francisco into something out of a post-apocalyptic film Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Gas masks and hazmat suits are flying off the shelves at survival gear companies over fears of wildfires, protests, and the coronavirus
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President Trump — who heads to California Monday for a briefing on wildfires — claimed, as...President Trump — who heads to California Monday for a briefing on wildfires — claimed, as he has each year, that bad forest management, not climate change, is to blame.