Please Explain podcast: President Trump labelled ‘climate arsonist’ as California burns

Fires are continuing to rage across the US West Coast. So far, at least 35 people have perished and large tracts of land have been destroyed.

In an awkward exchange with California’s governor Gavin Newsom, President Donald Trump dismissed a link between global warming and the worsening fires. This prompted Democratic nominee Joe Biden to label Trump a “climate arsonist”.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Centre, Australians’ perceptions of the US have plummeted over the past year with three in four Australians saying they have no confidence President Trump will do the right thing for the world.

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by North American correspondent, Matthew Knott to discuss the Californian fires and the debate they’ve kicked off about climate change.

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