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Biden: Wildfires are so bad that Americans are left asking, "Is doomsday here?"

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking about the Western wildfires that scientists and officials say have been intensified by the climate crisis.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC on Monday she has not spoken directly with President Trump about relief for her home state of California as it is ravaged by wildfires, although she said the governors of western states have been in contact with Congress about the unfolding situation.

"When the President says all they have to do is rake the leaves and ignore the climate challenge that we face, it's really quite sad," Pelosi said, referencing to Trump's insistence that poor "forest management" is to blame for the devastating fires.

Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have attributed the intensity of this seasons fires to climate change, pushing back on President Donald Trump's assertion that the fires were due to poor land management.

The White House on Saturday announced President Trump will visit California, hours after Trump thanked the firefighters and first responders battling the historic wildfires raging in the western part of the United States.

Trump will visit McClellan Park, California, on Monday for a briefing with local and federal fire and emergency officials on the state's wildfires, the White House said Saturday.

"Our hearts are with all of the communities in the West battling devastating wildfires," Trump told his supporters, adding that "my administration is closely coordinating with state and local leaders. "

Oregon's governor said in a typical year, fires consume about 500,000 acres in the state — but "this week alone, we burned over a million acres of beautiful Oregon," she said.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said climate change and mismanagement of the nation's forests are both to blame for the fires raging in her state and across the West Coast, during an interview on CBS Face the Nation.

Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have attributed the intensity of this season's fires to climate change, pushing back on President Trump's assertion that the fires were due to poor land management.

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