Seung Min Kim and Brady Dennis at WP:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden excoriated President Trump on Monday over his environmental record as wildfires continued to burn through much of the West and as the president used a trip to California to question the scientific consensus that climate change is a leading cause of the devastating blazes.
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 issue is showing up in Senate races:
California Natural Resources Secretary @WadeCrowfoot: "We've had temperatures explode this summer..."— CSPAN (@cspan) September 14, 2020
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