Biden hits Trump on climate: Western fires foreshadow 'unending barrage of tragedies'

Biden hits Trump on climate: Western fires foreshadow 'unending barrage of tragedies'
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Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE over climate change Saturday, with the former vice president saying the White House is taking insufficient action to battle burgeoning wildfires in the West. 

“The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable — climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life. President Trump can try to deny that reality, but the facts are undeniable. We absolutely must act now to avoid a future defined by an unending barrage of tragedies like the one American families are enduring across the West today,” Biden said in a statement.

“Left unchecked, wildfires and other extreme weather disasters will only continue to grow in frequency and intensity, endangering the lives of tens of millions of Americans, ravaging our lands and waterways, rendering the air unbreathable, and laying waste to our economic security," he added. "In the years ahead, there will be no challenge more consequential to our future than meeting and defeating the onrushing climate crisis.” 

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The statement comes as wildfires ravage California and parts of Oregon and Washington state. There are currently 28 major wildfires in the Golden State, and 19 people in the state have died as of Saturday afternoon. 

Activists and lawmakers have said the wildfires are a sign of the burgeoning threat of climate change, which will only exacerbate future blazes.

"The debate is over, around climate change," California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia governor Newsom signs bill extending family leave to small businesses California family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Pac-12 moves toward 'return to competition' after Big Ten announces resumption of football season MORE (D) told reporters this week. "This is a climate damn emergency. This is real and it's happening."

Democrats have increasingly cast themselves as champions of climate change solutions, with liberals backing the Green New Deal amid dire warnings of the possibly irreversible effects of a warming climate.