In a column on Monday, economist and former labor secretary described Robert Reich described Trump as the most anti-environmental president in the nation's history-an objectively high bar.
Biden and Trump have offered vastly different visions when it comes to tackling the issue of climate change. Biden said. "If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if more of America is ablaze?" According to Doug Grafe, Chief of Fire Protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry, some good progress is being made in that regard.
The president arrived at at Sacramento McClellan Airport to the powerful scent of smoke from the fires burning some 90 miles away. "You just watch", he insisted to Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California Natural Resources Agency. Firefighters in the state have not seen anything like this season in more than a century, when the Great Fire of 1910 blazed through more than 3 million acres.
After sharing the video of the exchange online, Jamie Henn, co-founder of 350.org who now runs Fossil Free Media, said: "I thought I'd find it amusing watching this, but instead it's just chilling: as the West Coast faces a climate catastrophe, the president laughs at them and denies the problem exists". "So they have to do something about it".
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.
University of Colorado fire scientist Jennifer Balch called Trump's deflecting blame on forest managers "infuriating".
In Southern California, smoke conditions range from moderate to unhealthy, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a tweet. "There's no way we're going to log our way out of this fire problem". He pointed to drought and the need to reduce carbon emissions. For example, pushing the US energy sector to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2035 would mean corresponding expansion in jobs in the solar energy sector.
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 US leader had failed to protect the country from the "ravages of climate change". "But if he gets a second term, these hellish events will continue to become more common and more devastating and more deadly".
Trump, who has stayed mostly silent about the widespread devastation in the three solidly Democratic states - California, Oregon and Washington - is visiting California for a briefing on the wildfires from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, a vocal critic of the president. Most of the largest firefighting aircraft have not been utilized in recent days due to heavy smoke limiting visibility.
In 2015, Trump stated bluntly: "I'm not a believer in global warming, I'm not a believer in man-made global warming".
Governor Newsom and Congressman Lamalfa exchanged some words in the public sphere over the weekend, as the Bee notes, with Newsom decrying the fact that "We're experiencing what so many people predicted decades ago. No more planes.no more people, right?"
The President confirmed the state of California and the federal government have entered in a 20-year commitment to double forest management efforts and increase vegetation.
Firefighters were nervously monitoring the weather for an anticipated pattern shift that could cause an uptick in fire activity.
In the small southern OR town of Talent, Dave Monroe came back to his burned home, partly hoping he'd find his three cats.
As Common Dreams reported earlier Monday, a new comprehensive study-which relied on an analysis of tens of millions of years of atmospheric records trapped in layers of the earth's subsurface-found that the world is now on track to hit a warming threshold it has not witnessed in more than 34 million years.