Biden Called Trump “Climate Arsonist” Over US Wildfires Outbreak

As the November election approaches close, the exchange of words between the two presidential candidates has intensified and started calling names over several national issues. Focusing on the ongoing wildfires in the Western part of the United States (US), the campaigns have now turned into climate change agenda and both parties, Republican and Democratic Party, are prepared to throw stones at each other.

On Monday, September 14, 2020, former vice-president and democrat candidate, Joe Biden attacked the Republican president, Donald Trump, and accused him of being ignorant of the climate change-related issues. Biden branded Trump a “climate arsonist” as the latter refused to acknowledge the roles of global warming in deadly wildfires sweeping in the western parts. Trump rather blamed the forestry officials for the cause of wildfires and rejected the scientific explanations by saying, “I don’t think science knows.”

US Wildfires and Biden’s Attack on Trump

According to the US government report, the outbreak of wildfires has destroyed thousands of homes, several small towns, and some million acres in three primary states: Oregon, California, and Washington State. Started in August, these dozens of blazes have claimed at least 36 lives so far and 25 of them were the residents of California. Combining three states, the blazes have ruined over 6,200 homes and raged across some 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) besides causing an extensive cloud with high levels of smoke and soot covering the sky in the region.

Biden called Trump a “climate arsonist,” as the Republican president persistently ignored the connection between climate change and the wildfires outbreak. Blaming forest management, Trump and his administration explained the outbreak of fires was caused by the negligence of the state forest officials. Trump replied a question, “I think this is more of a management situation,” adding that other countries “don’t have this problem.”

Reflecting Trump’s statement, Biden retaliated, “If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires? How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out?”

Trump’s Denial of Climate Change

Earlier, Trump had denied the existence of emerging threats of climate change explained by global scientists and termed the explanation as a “hoax.” Opposing the global strategy towards addressing climate change of the Paris accords, Trump and his administration had withdrawn the US from the accord in 2017.

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Trump recently met the firefighters and state forest officials in California but denied the claim of the link between climate change and the outbreak of bushfires in the US. California Governor, Gavin Newsom, who is a democrat, said in a statement, “We come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident: that climate change is real, and that is exacerbating this.” Questioning science behind the bushfires, Trump said, “It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch,” adding that “I don’t think science knows.”

Thousands of residents have been displaced from around the devastated southwestern Oregon towns of Phoenix and Talent and across the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, some families remained in their own houses to guard against looters by defying the state’s order for evacuation. With these developments, local reinforcement teams have come to rescue and Oregon witnessed the deployment of more than 1,000 National Guard troops to help people affected by the disaster.