Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires

Morgan Chalfant
The Hill

President Trump cast doubt on the science of climate change and its role in the devastating western wildfires during a briefing with federal and local authorities in California on Monday, predicting that it would soon get “cooler.”

State officials who met with Trump in McClellan Park, Calif., emphasized the increase in temperatures in California in recent years, saying that climate change has been a primary factor driving the wildfires ravaging parts of the Pacific Northwest.

California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said Trump and state officials agree that vegetation management needs to be an area of focus, but he said it would be a mistake to put one’s “head in the sand” and ignore how climate change is exacerbating the fires.

“We want to work with you to really recognize the change in climate and what it means for our forests. And actually work together with that science. 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 together protecting Californians,” Crawford said at the briefing.

“It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch,” Trump replied.

“I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot replied.

“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump said, without providing any further explanation.