'I don't think science knows': Donald Trump questions climate change

An aerial shot shows rescue workers in protective gear searching through the remains of burned out buildings

An aerial shot shows rescue workers in protective gear searching through the remains of burned out buildings

The wildfires sweeping the West Coast of the United States took centre stage in the U.S. election campaign on Monday, with President Donald Trump visiting California and blaming the blazes on poor forest management while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden stressed the role of climate change.

In an exchange with California's Secretary for National Resource during a briefing on the wildfires across the state, Mr Trump hit back at climate change arguments.

Trump, who has often questioned the science of climate change, has blamed poor forest management for the spread of the fires and their intensity.

Search-and-rescue teams went through gutted homes in more than half a dozen OR communities looking for human remains after state officials said they expected "mass casualty incidents".

Trump has struck a "law-and-order" theme during a wave of anti-racism protests.

Biden, in an outdoor speech near his home in Wilmington, decried Trump's refusal to acknowledge the scientific underpinning of the climate crisis as "unconscionable" and said the USA leader had failed to protect the country from the "ravages of climate change".

As the devastation from the wildfires raging across the western United States continues into its second week, former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, centered around his plans to combat the growing threat of climate change and its contributions to worsening instances of extreme weather around the globe.

Calling Trump a "climate arsonist", Biden said: "If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires?" Biden said. "If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is under water?"

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The president has suggested that poor forest management has much to do with igniting the fires. His campaign platform calls for eliminating carbon pollution from power sources over the next 15 years.

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 worldwide approach to global warming, while Biden says climate change is on his list of major crises facing the United States.

"Or we can do it Donald Trump's way: ignore the facts, deny reality, which amounts to a full surrender and a failure to lead".

Last Friday, Trump thanked firefighters and other first responders for their efforts in trying to contain the blazes.

California Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged that his state had not done enough to manage forests and has acknowledged that more than a century of fire suppression has allowed fuel to build up.

A search and rescue team, surrounded by red fire retardant, is seen near burned residences and vehicles in the aftermath of the Almeda fire in Talent, Oregon, Sept. 13, 2020. "We can agree to disagree on the politics", Newsom said.

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington are incinerating homes, killing scores of people, sickening many others, causing hundreds of thousands to evacuate, burning entire towns to the ground, consuming millions of acres, and blanketing the western third of the United States with thick, acrid and unsafe smoke.

The massive clouds of smoke blanketing the region have endangered the health of millions of residents.

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