US President Donald Trump has reignited the climate change debate during a visit to Sacramento where he was briefed about the largest wildfire in California’s history.
24 people have died in the monster blaze and 2.8 million acres of forest has burned in the last 30 days.
President Trump hit back at California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot when he warned Trump of the dangers of ignoring science.
“We want to work with you to really recognise the changing climate and what it means to our forest, and actually work together with that science, that science is going to be key,” Crowfoot said.
“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 together protecting Californians.”
Trump responded by telling Crowfoot, “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.”
“I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot told him.
“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump said.
Trump believes failure to clear dead timber is mostly to blame for the fires ferocity.
Earlier, in Delaware, his Democratic challenger Joe Biden labelled the President a ”climate arsonist.”
“The West is literally on fire and he blames the people whose homes and communities are burning,” Biden said.
“He says, quote, ‘You’ve gotta clean your floors, you gotta clean your forest.’”
“Donald Trump’s climate denial may not have caused these fires and record floods and record hurricanes, but if he gets a second term these hellish events will continue to become more common, more devastating and more deadly,” he added.
More than 28,000 firefighters and first responders are combatting the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington along with over 230 soldiers who are also fighting the largest fire burning in California.
“We want to thank all of the brave fighters. We want to thank these incredible people. The first responders, service members who are racing to the extreme peril, really, of their lives, and extreme danger,” Trump said.
During the visit he presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to seven military heroes who battled through fire and intense smoke to save lives.