Donald Trump facing California Governor Gavin Newsom on September 14, 2020 in Sacramento, as historic fires ravage the American West.
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San Francisco looked like the planet Mars last week, mercury hit a record 49.4 ° C north of Los Angeles, and fires have already destroyed 12,000 km2 in California - an area larger than that of the Gironde.
But during his visit to the Golden State on Monday, Donald Trump downplayed the impact of climate change on the fires ravaging the entire American West, assuring him: "It will eventually cool, you will see".
Trump on climate change: "It'll start getting cooler. You just watch ... I don't think science knows, actually."
- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2020
"I wish science would say that," replied Wade Crowfoot, a local official with the California Natural Resource Protection Agency in Sacramento.
The US president, who regularly makes climate skepticism, wanted to have the last word, concluding by laughing: "I don't think science really knows".
"The observed evidence speaks for itself: climate change is real and it aggravates" the fires, also insisted Gavin Newsom, governor of California, asking Donald Trump to "respect the different opinions" around the table.
Quite an interaction between President Trump and California Gov.
Gavin Newsom just now.
- Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 14, 2020
Dozens of blazes have been devastating the west coast of the United States for days and have already killed at least 35 people since the start of the summer, including 27 this week alone in the three states of Washington, Oregon and California.
The fires that are increasing across the globe are associated with various phenomena anticipated by scientists due to global warming.
The increase in temperature, the increase in heat waves and the drop in precipitation in places is therefore an ideal combination for the development of fires.
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