California Natural Resources Secretary @WadeCrowfoot: “We’ve had temperatures explode this summer…”
President Trump: “It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch.”
Crowfoot: “I wish science agreed with you.”
Trump: “I don’t think science knows, actually.” pic.twitter.com/xJPYoTjJBo
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 14, 2020
Courtesy of WaPo:
Even on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump at least will occasionally pay lip service to the need to follow the lead of scientific experts. But on atmospheric warming — manifested dramatically in recent weeks in massive wildfires on the West Coast — Trump is far more likely to smirk.
Consider an exchange that took place in California at an event focused on the fires. Wade Crowfoot, head of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, called on Trump to recognize the role of climate change in the historic conflagrations.
“We’ve had temperatures explode this summer,” Crowfoot said. “You may have learned that we broke a world record in the Death Valley: 130 degrees. But even in greater L.A., 120-plus degrees. And we’re seeing this warming trend make our summers warmer, but also our winters warmer as well.”
He acknowledged Trump’s repeated point that ground cover and fallen trees contribute to fires.
“But I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forest — and actually work together with that science,” he continued. “That science is going to be key, because if we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management, we’re not going to succeed together in protecting Californians.”
“It’ll start getting cooler,” Trump replied. “You just — you just watch.”
“I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot said.
“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump responded.
I am trying to understand the kind of arrogance you must possess that leads you to dismiss predictions from the experts and just confidently claim the opposite to be true.
It is almost as if Trump believes that things he does not understand are false and that reality is shaped by sheer will alone.
As Bob Woodward says, he is the wrong man for this job.
Especially during these extremely challenging times.