Although the governor of California had just asked him to respect different opinions on climate change and above all to respect the fact that California believes in science, Donald Trump could not help but show his skepticism when Wade Crowfoot, the chief of natural resources the State calls him on the matter.
“It will eventually cool,” said Trump. Wade Crowfoot replies: “If only science proves you’re right?” Then Donald Trump responds with “I don’t think science really knows.”
This is not the first time that the US president has denied the existence of climate change. However, some officials hoped that before violent fires Donald Trump, who currently plagues the states of California, Oregon and Washington, would avoid such statements, especially since he was present to support local authorities in their fight against the fires.
At the same time, his rival Joe Biden is unleashed against the president, which, according to him, denies the reality of climate change, partly responsible for the fires ravaging the American West. “If we give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, how could we be surprised that America is set on fire even more ?”, said the former vice president, during an outdoor speech in Wilmington, in the state of Delaware, where he lives. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, will also travel to California on Monday, State she represents in the Senate, to assess the damage and meet the emergency service managers the next day.
In California, the results of the week went to 16 victims, with 14 in Butte County alone, still traumatized by the memory of the fires of November 2018, who had reduced the city of Paradise to ashes. The acrid fumes given off by the flames affect huge areas. Portland towns, Seattle and San Francisco were among the most polluted in the world on Monday, according to the classification of the company IQAir.
Donald Trump’s comments on science today drew strong criticism, but the White House declined to comment further.