California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom expands California drought emergency statewide Don't break California's recall by 'fixing' it Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Walrus detectives: Scientists recruit public to spot mammal from space MORE (D) urged people to “believe your own damn eyes” when commenting on climate science, Axios reported on Wednesday.
Newsom made the remarks during a meeting with the Biden administration discussing the threat of wildfires in the West Coast region.
CA is facing another year of record temperatures and dry weather.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 30, 2021
Climate change is here. We must do everything in our power to fight it & safeguard our state.
Thank you @POTUS for your partnership as we expand efforts & invest historic amounts to suppress and fight wildfires. https://t.co/sbzXPIVa8Q
"I should just say this with due respect to those that don't believe in science, you got to believe your own damn eyes, observe the evidence," Newsom said during the meeting.
Newsom told Vice President Harris that climate change, along with the resulting wildfires, isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue, adding that they can’t just “double down” on the issue.
“We have to have a sense of intentionality and responsibility to radically change our vegetation forest management policies, our suppression policies, our pre-positioning policies,” Newsom said in the Axios report.
Newsom also commented on his relationship with former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE, saying they were "more like sparring partners, not working partners."
How it started: How it's going: pic.twitter.com/EXtF3XDz4Y— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 30, 2021
The meeting comes as wildfire season has started, with severe drought and record-breaking heat affecting the Pacific Northwest region of the country.
The ongoing Lava Fire in California has grown to nearly 18,000 acres overnight, Axios noted.