At a wildfires briefing in California Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials urged President Donald Trump to accept that "climate change is real." Trump replied: “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.” (Sept. 14)
GAVIN NEWSOM: We obviously feel very strongly that the hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier. When we're having heat domes, the likes of which we've never seen in our history, the hottest August ever in the history of the state, the ferocity of these fires, the drought five-plus years, losing 163 million trees to that drought, something's happened to the plumbing of the world.
And we come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in, and observed evidence is self-evident that climate change is real, and that is exacerbating this. And so I think there is an area of at least commonality on vegetation forest management, but, please, respect-- and I know you do-- the difference of opinion out here as it relates to this fundamental issue on the issue of climate change.
DONALD TRUMP: Absolutely, appreciate that.
WADE CROWFOOT: But I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests, and actually work together with that science. That science is going to be key. Because if we ignore that science and put our head in the sand and think it's all about vegetation management, we're not going to succeed together protecting Californians.
DONALD TRUMP: OK. It'll start getting cooler.
WADE CROWFOOT: I wish--
DONALD TRUMP: You just watch.
WADE CROWFOOT: I wish science agreed with you.
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don't think science knows, actually. Tom--