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Devastating Wildfires Out West Inject Climate Change Into Campaign

“Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden excoriated President Trump on Monday over his environmental record as wildfires continued to burn through much of the West and as the president used a trip to California to question the scientific consensus that climate change is a leading cause of the devastating blazes.

Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Del., that the “undeniable, accelerating, punishing reality” of global warming was playing out in the wildfires and hurricanes that have marked the end of summer, arguing it is a problem that “requires action, not denial.”

Across the country in California, Trump sought to pin the blame for the fires on another culprit — forest management — while shrugging off warnings that human-caused climate warming will continue to make Western states a tinderbox with annual fires that destroy communities.”

Seung Min Kim and Brady Dennis report for the Washington Post September 14, 2020.


“As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’” (New York Times)

““It’ll Start Getting Cooler”: Trump Responds to Wildfire Crisis by Denying Climate Change” (Mother Jones)

“Joe Biden Says Americans Won’t Be Safe With ‘Climate Arsonist’ Trump In Office” (HuffPost)

“In California, Trump Continues To Deny Climate Change Is Real: ‘It Will Start Getting Cooler’” (Los Angeles Times)

“‘I Don't Think Science Knows': Visiting Fires, Trump Denies Climate Change” (NPR)

“Oregon Senator Says Trump's Blame On ‘Forest Management' For Wildfires Is ‘Just A Big And Devastating Lie'” (The Hill)

“Biden Attacks Trump's Climate Record Amid Western Wildfires, Lays Out His Plan” (The Hill)