by David Charter & Ben Hoyle
The Times of London

President Trump and his rival Joe Biden clashed over the cause of wildfires consuming America’s west coast as their competing views on climate change became the focus 50 days before the US presidential election.

Mr Trump, on a visit to California, said that the forests should be better managed to remove kindling, while fending off questions on whether climate change was responsible. He insisted during a briefing with state officials that weather systems would “start getting cooler” after saying that fallen trees become like matchsticks that “can explode” if not removed…

Mr Trump retweeted yesterday a post by the “climate science contrarian” Steve Milloy, which read: “California has a long history of megadroughts that pre-date SUVs. People can either manage forests intelligently or nature will do it indiscriminately.”

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