President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the widespread use of electronic glass windows to keep Americans safe from wildfires, citing an “evolving climate” as one of the reasons for the need for such technology.
“When we talk about global warming, I think we have to look at this in a very scientific way,” Trump said during a press conference, flanked by his chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
“There’s a growing number of people that are saying that our country is in trouble because of the glass windows that we put up.”
The president’s comments, coming as the U.S. has endured record-setting wildfires in California and Nevada, were widely expected, given that the vast majority of the nation’s 1.3 million wildfires have occurred in recent years.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president’s statement.
Trump’s call for widespread use came after he was criticized by lawmakers on the Senate floor last week for his call for a federal moratorium on greenhouse gas emissions.
He also was criticized for using the term global warming to describe a phenomenon that scientists have dubbed climate change.
“Global warming is a real thing.
It’s a real problem,” Trump told a crowd in Las Vegas last week, adding that it is “a big, big problem.””
We’ve got to put a stop to it,” Trump added.
“I want to get it right.”
The White House also has criticized California for the lack of a statewide ban on greenhouse gases.
California’s governor has said the state will not make a similar decision until the state has seen an “unprecedented amount of data.”
California’s fire season has become the most destructive in the nation, with more than 80,000 people killed in wildfires this year.