Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington inject climate change into the presidential campaign
Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Del., that the undeniable, accelerating, punishing reality of global warming was playing out in the wildfires and hurricanes that have marked the end of summer, arguing it is a problem that requires action, not denial.
Across the country in California, Trump sought to pin the blame for the fires on another culprit forest management while shrugging off warnings that human-caused climate warming will continue to make Western states a tinderbox with annual fires that destroy communities.
It will start getting cooler. You just watch, he said during a briefing with state and local leaders in McClellan Park, Calif.
The dueling appearances injected the issue of climate change squarely into a presidential campaign that has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, a faltering economy, racial justice protests and questions about which candidate has the character to lead. But the warming of the planet and its impact on daily life are now difficult to ignore, with millions of acres burning in California, Oregon and Washington state, leading to dozens of deaths, tens of thousands displaced and skies filled with a smoky, dangerous haze that blocks out the sun.
Biden called Trump a climate arsonist who had belittled the factors worsening the wildfires, and he likened the presidents stewardship of natural disasters to his handling of the pandemic and racial tensions across the country that flared this summer following police shootings of Black peopl....