Biden dings Trump as 'climate arsonist'

Two firefighters in protective clothing clear debris from the wreckage of a smouldering building

Biden said. "If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is under water?"

State governors say the fires are a effect of climate change, while the Trump administration has blamed poor forest management for the flames that have raced through the region and made the air quality in cities like Portland, Seattle and San Francisco some of the worst in the world.

Trump, who was briefed during a stop near Sacramento before a campaign visit to Phoenix, had been mostly quiet as the catastrophe on the West Coast has unfolded over the past few weeks.

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Elevated fire weather conditions were also forecast for portions of Central and Southern California because of higher temperatures and lower humidities, the Weather Service said.

President Trump is correct that forest management is important but it does not fully explain the devastation now being wrought across California, Oregon and Washington states.

At least 10 people have been killed in Oregon. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has said dozens of people remain missing across three counties. In California, 24 people have died, and one person was killed in Washington state.

Drought conditions, extreme temperatures and high winds in OR created the "perfect firestorm" for the blazes to grow, Gov.

"We saw incredible winds. We get them typically in the fall". "And this is a wake-up call for all of us that we have got to do everything in our power to tackle climate change".

"It's apocalyptic", Washington state Governor Jay Inslee told ABC's "This Week".

While counterattacking Trump's unfounded assertion that Biden would "abolish" the suburbs if elected president, Biden mentioned wildfires burning the suburbs in the West, floods wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the Midwest and hurricanes "imperiling suburban life" along the country's coasts, in a warning against the dire long-term consequences of the President's reluctance to acknowledge climate change.


During his briefing, which included California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, officials repeatedly invoked climate change and its impact on the state's ability to manage the raging infernos. Biden said, savaging Trump for failing to "take responsibility" for the ongoing wildfire crisis.

The president and his administration have sought to pin the blame for the large wildfires on state officials, saying that fuel-choked forests need to be thinned, firebreaks must be cut, and flammable dead leaves cleared from forest floors.

But they said they were confident they could keep the fire from spreading significantly Monday.

"There has to be strong forest management", he said.

Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" and in 2017 pulled the United States out of the Paris accord that laid out an worldwide approach to global warming, while Biden says climate change is on his list of major crises facing the United States.

He has made a decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement, which committed the U.S. and 187 other countries to keep rising global temperatures below 2C (35.6F).

Biden, who has been slammed by Republicans for not visiting disaster areas, spoke from his home state of DE on the threat of extreme weather that climate scientists have said is supercharging fires.

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. Both Oregon and California have warmed by more than 1C since 1900.

Two new deaths were confirmed from the North Complex Fire, which swept at unprecedented speeds this week into areas already ravaged less than two years ago by the Camp Fire - California's deadliest ever blaze. In Oregon, the spate of fires burned nearly twice the amount of average annual losses in a week.

"The ferocity of these fires, the drought, five-plus years, losing 163 million trees to that drought", Mr Newsom said.

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