The raging wildfires in america West Coast have brought climate crisis to the leading edge of the election crusade, with Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacking Republican President Donald Trump for his attitude towards the issue.
While touring parts of California, Trump on Monday reiterated his scepticism of climate change, saying, “It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch.”
He said many other countries have “more explosive trees, meaning they catch fire much easier”, but they don’t have problems like this. “I think this is more of a management situation,” he added.
“When you get into climate change, mannered, is India going to change its ways? And is China going to change its ways? And Russia? Is Russia going to change its ways?” Trump questioned after touchdown in McLellan Park in California.
Calling Trump a “climate arsonist”, Biden pledged to rejoin the historic Paris Agreement on climate change whether elected in the November 3 presidential election. “Whether we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires? How many suburban neighbourhoods will have been flooded out?” he asked in a policy speech on climate change.
“While he (Trump) turned against our allies, I’ll bring us back into the Paris Agreement. I can put us back in the commerce of leading the world on climate change, and I can challenge each other country to up the ante on climate commitments.”
The Paris accord dedicated america and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and making an attempt to limit them even more, to a 1.5C rise. The decision by america, one of the vital world’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, to exit the pact had led to condemnation from environmentalists and world leaders.
Biden said, “I’ll also see American workers building and installing 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations along our newly busy infrastructure programmes and highways all across the country.”
Wildfires in 10 states including California have burnt down almost 5 million acres of land and killed dozens of people.
Native officials of Democrat-ruled California accepted the importance of forest management but argued climate change will have to be accepted as having played a role in the fires.