As forest fires rage in different parts of the United States with at least 35 people dead so far, US President Donald Trump, after being blasted by the Democrats for not addressing the fire issue, said that the fires are not a climate change issue, but a management issue and “it’ll start getting cooler”.
Donald Trump met with firefighters and officials in California over the raging wildfire on West Coast after Democrats targeted the Republican president for remaining silent on the wildfires.
“I think this is more of a management situation,” Trump answered, when asked by a reporter if climate change was a factor behind the fires. Trump even asserted that other countries “don’t have this problem.”
“They have more explosive trees, meaning they catch fire much easier,” he said. “But they don’t have problems like this.”
Trump said that improved forest management was something that could be tackled quickly, whereas climate change would take more time and require international cooperation that he said was lacking.
“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?” Trumo said after landing in McLellan Park, California.
“It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch,” he said. “I don’t think science knows.”
Trump has referred to climate change as a “hoax,” and in 2017 pulled the United States out of the Paris accord that laid out an international approach to global warming. Meanwhile, Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden, has included climate change on his list of major crises facing the United States.
Calling Trump a “climate arsonist,” Joe Biden has said, “If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires? How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out?”
California Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged more needs to be done to better manage forests to reduce fire risks, while more than a century of aggressive fire suppression has allowed fuels to build up.
Meanwhile, as disaster teams scoured the ruins of dwellings engulfed by flames amid chaotic evacuations last week, Oregon’s emergency management authorities said they had yet to account for 22 people reported missing in the fires.
At least two dozen people have perished in California wildfires since mid-August, and one fatality has been confirmed in Washington state.