Touring wildfire damage Tuesday in her home state, California Sen. Kamala Harris said "ideology should not kick in" when responding to wildfires and the climate crisis, a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump, though she did not say his name.(Sept. 15)
KAMALA HARRIS: The people who are victimized by these, they could care less, and their children could care less who they voted for in the last election. This is not a partisan issue. Ideology should not kick in. It's just a fact. This is just a fact. And we have to do better as a country.
It is incumbent on us, in terms of the leadership of our nation, to take seriously the extreme changes in our climate and to do what we can to mitigate against the damage, but also what we must do to preserve the beautiful land that we have inherited from prior generations, and do the work of ensuring that we mitigate against the damage that the extreme climate has caused.
If we're not in COVID, we'd still be probably wearing masks right now. This air is potentially toxic. So when we are talking about the climate crisis, we are talking about a public health crisis, in terms of clean air, the potential or not for clean water. So this has a profound public health consequence.
GAVIN NEWSOM: The hots are getting hotter. The dries are getting drier. Climate change is real. If you don't believe in science, come to California and observe with your own eyes. You cannot be in denial about this reality.