JOE BIDEN branded Donald Trump a ‘climate arsonist’ for dismissing global warming’s role in wildfires — while the US president said: ‘I don’t think science knows.’
Dozens of blazes have raged across 4.5million acres of Oregon, California and Washington since August, killing at least 36 people and turning skies orange.
Democratic presidential hopeful Mr Biden warned of increasing weather extremes during a speech in Delaware.
‘If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires?,’ he said. ‘If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?’
Meanwhile, Mr Trump (pictured) called the fires ‘a management situation’ as he met officials in McClellan Park, California.
When Wade Crowfoot, of the state’s natural resources agency, warned against ‘ignoring the science’ of climate change, the president replied: ‘It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch.’ Then told, ‘I wish science agreed with you’, Mr Trump countered: ‘I don’t think science knows, actually.’