‘I Don’t Think Science Knows’: Visiting Fires, Trump Denies Climate Change

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President Trump speaks Monday during a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, Calif.

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With wildfires devastating the West and a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast, President Trump, who has for years mocked and denied the reality of climate change, was briefed on Monday on the status of fires in California. During his briefing, which included California Gov. Gavin Newsom, officials repeatedly invoked climate change and its impact on the state’s ability to manage the raging infernos. Still, even as more than two dozen wildfires roared across California alone, Trump declined to acknowledge the role climate change likely played in fueling the flames. “We’ve had temperatures explode this summer. … We want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests and actually work together with that science,” said Wade Crowfoot, California’s secretary for natural resources. “That science is going to be key because 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 in protecting Californians.” ” …

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