On the West Coast of the United States, sweeping wild animals stepped into the center stage in the US election campaign on Monday, with President Donald Trump visiting California and blaming faulty forest management, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden Emphasized the role of climate change.
The Republican President, seeking re-election on November 3, awarded the California Flying National Guard the Distinguished Flying Cross Military Honor, which pacified wildfire flames to save hundreds of residents from the burning neighborhood.
Democrats blasted Trump for remaining silent about the largest wildlife in the state’s history.
Biden called Trump a “climate arson” and warned against re-electing a president who refuses to address climate change.
“If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be lit by wildfires? How many suburbs would have been flooded?” Biden asked.
Biden, who was killed by Republicans for not moving to climate zones, spoke to his home state of Delaware about the threat of extreme weather, which climate scientists said is likely to be a fire.
The president and his administration have sought to blame state officials for major wildfires, saying that fuel-driven forests would have to be diluted, firebacks cut, and flammable dead leaves emanating from the forests. .
“I think it’s more of a management situation,” Trump said when asked by a reporter if climate change was a factor behind the fire, claiming that many other countries did not face a similar problem. Have been.
“They don’t have problems like this. They have very explosive trees, but they don’t have problems like this.”
California Governor Gavin Newsome confronted Trump in a meeting with state and local officials, pointing out that California owned vast forests. “We can agree to disagree on politics,” Newsom said.
“But one thing is fundamental, 57 percent of the land in this state is federal and three percent is the state’s forest,” he said.
Trump’s administration has fought several legal battles with Democratic-run California, the most populous US state, on a variety of issues, including environmental policy.
California has sued the Trump administration more than 100 times. Trump lost badly in California in the 2016 election and is expected to perform poorly in November.
Newsom also told Trump that he considers climate change to be the primary reason behind the fire and added that “we emphasize that climate change is real.” Another official echoed Newsom, to which Trump responded, “It will start to cool”.
“Just look. I don’t think science really knows,” Trump said.
Trump has pulled the US from the Paris Agreement of 2015 that has put an international approach to climate change, while Biden says climate change is on the list of major crises facing the US and has promised to return to the Paris Agreement Have done
Since August, wildlife in Oregon, California and Washington State have destroyed thousands of homes and half a dozen small towns, scorching more than 1.6 million hectares (4 million acres) and killing at least 35 people.
Oregon’s Department of Emergency Services said 22 people went missing in a series of blazes that swept the southern part of the state last week.
Drone footage last week showed hundreds of homes surrounded by ash in the southern Oregon communities of Phoenix and Talent, about 8 km (5 mi) south of Medford, north of a wind-driven firestorm, in trailer parks and residential subdivisions Blowing embers.
The state is also deploying its National Guard in flat neighborhoods and will have 1,000 troops by the weekend, the head of the Oregon National Guard said.
Trump has authorized federal disaster assistance for both California and Oregon. He said that forest management changes were something that could be dealt with quickly.
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