The American President, Mr Trump, was unable to agree with the Governor and his climate adviser on the cause of the fires when he visited California, a state ravaged by forest fires. According to the President, the main cause of the flames is poor forest management.
Trump does not believe that climate change plays a major role in the forest fires. When addressing Governor Gavin Newsoms climate advisor Wade Crowfoot at a briefing, the President said that “the climate is going to cool down, just watch”.
Crowfoot did not leave it at that and reacted with the words I would like science to agree with you. Trumps replied: I do not think that science knows what the situation is.
Since last month, more than one and a half million hectares of forest in the states of California, Washington and Oregon have gone up in flames, along with thousands of houses. At least 35 people have also died.
The fires have also become a feature of the November presidential elections. Trumps Democratic rival Joe Biden called the president a climate arsonist because he does not appreciate the impact of global warming on forest fires. “If we get another four years of Trumps climate denial, how many more residential areas will burn down,” he wondered in a speech in Delaware.