President Trump suggested the world would “start getting cooler” Monday, dismissing pleas from California officials that he work with them on climate change.
“It will start getting cooler. You just watch,” Trump told California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot during a briefing on the dozens of major wildfires engulfing the state and much of the West.
“I wish the science agreed with you,” Crowfoot countered. Trump, in response, said, “Well, I don’t think the science knows, actually.”
Crowfoot had been asking Trump to look beyond just working with California to better manage its forests. The federal government should support climate change science and work with state officials to protect forests from its worst effects, including extreme heat and risk of wildfires, he said.
“That science is going to be key,” Crowfoot said. “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