Later, when politely implored by state Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot during a public briefing to please work with scientists, he dismisses that with a simple, "It'll start getting cooler, just watch," as tens of thousands of Americans are fleeing their homes and evacuating their communities being burned to the ground. A dismissal that shows total ignorance about how Climate Change actually works. Once-cooler temperatures turns freezing. Normal snows become blizzards. Seasonal rains become hurricanes. And the hots? It was just 121-degrees in Los Angeles, an all-time record for the entire county.
And when Crowfoot replied that he wishes science agreed with Trump, he replied with a smirk and laugh, "Well, scientists don't know, actually."
Yes, he said that, "scientists don't know." And with a smirk and a laugh. And also with "Actually." As in "In actual fact."
That's scientists who have spent their careers studying this and researching it who supposedly don't know, actually -- but somehow he does know because he's never believed it. (As I always like to note, science is not a believe system.) And yes, of course, they know. They have the research, data and results. They know.
Yesterday, Joe Biden referred to Trump as not just a Climate Change Denier, he ratcheted that up to him being a Climate Arsonist.
But to put this in even greater perspective, as Trump says all this, denying Climate Change -- the only leader in the entire world to do so -- yet another tropical storm, now-upgraded to Hurricane Sally (because that's how Climate Change works), heads for Louisiana...as the state is still recovering from Hurricane Laura the other week, with the end not close.
How bad is it is Louisiana still, which Trump has seemingly ignored, as well, and has falling far off the news radar? Retired Army Lt. General Russel Honoré -- who lead the recovery effort of Hurricane Katrina -- said yesterday, "The grid is broke. It is broke at the level of what we saw in Puerto Rico. And the recovery is going to be three months, maybe, to get the power back on in most places. And maybe longer with 300 water systems that are down.”
As Hurricane Sally bears down on the state, yet again.
As wildfires burn across 12 states, over seven million acres destroyed, so far.
As Trump laughs at scientists he says don't know, but it will get cooler.
And the coronavirus will go away like a "miracle." While being recorded and getting caught lying about it.
That's the Trump plan on Climate Change, from He Who Knows More Than the Experts: brooms, paper towels and miracles.
199,000 Americans dead of COVID-19.
And the elected members of the Republican Party enable him and are complicit.
By the way, for a bonus, as the whimsy of good timing would have it, I received an email late yesterday afternoon from the California Parks Foundation about a half-hour Zoom webinar this morning with this same Wade Crowfoot in the video above. For those interested, if it hasn't taken place yet, the online event is set for 11-11:30 AM (West Coast time. That's 2-2:30 PM in the East). Secretary Crowfoot will talk about "the imminent threats posed by wildfires and climate change." and "opportunities to expand access to underserved communities."
You can register here.