Obama rips climate change deniers in graduation speech

ANAHEIM Calif. Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:54pm EDT

1 of 5. U.S. President Barack Obama talks as he attends the commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine, while at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California June 14, 2014.

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ANAHEIM Calif. (Reuters) - With a feisty tone and a touch of aggravation, President Barack Obama on Saturday laid into Republicans who question the science of climate change and urged graduating college students to take on global warming as a cause.

A few weeks after unveiling rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants, Obama used a commencement address for the University of California, Irvine, to rally support from young people and slam opponents for denying that climate change is real.

"When President Kennedy ... set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it ... but nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying that the moon wasn’t there, or that it was made of cheese," he said.

"Today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad."

Obama said some climate questioners ducked the issue by asserting they were not scientists themselves.

"I’m not a scientist either, but we’ve got some really good ones at NASA. I do know that the overwhelming majority of scientists who work on climate change, including some who once disputed the data, have put that debate to rest."

Most scientists say the earth is warming and human beings are contributing to it, but the issue is politically controversial. Many Republicans and some Democrats oppose Obama's plans to limit emissions from power plants because of the potential economic consequences.

Obama's record on climate change is also under fire from some environmentalists, who are pressing his administration to deny approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Young people make up a critical part of the Democratic Party's political base, and Obama urged the graduates to be motivated to fight global warming as they left the world of academia.

Climate change is becoming a major legacy issue for Obama and a hot topic in this year's congressional elections. Before the commencement ceremony, the president attended a Democratic fundraiser at the home of environmental activist Anne Earhart.

About 25 supporters attended, contributing up to $32,400 each, according to the Democratic National Committee.

In his speech, Obama announced a competition for communities hit by extreme weather to compete for $1 billion in funds to rebuild from and inoculate themselves against natural disasters.

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (1)
markavelli69 wrote:
There is no “consensus” and the warmists have NEVER acknowledged the position of the skeptics. They refuse data requests and hide behind their “peer reviewed” studies.

These warmist-scientists are not free to let their data lead them to a conclusion.
The same division between warmist and skeptic within the general population exists between the elite warmists sitting on the IPCC panel and skeptical scientists with PhD’s.

So I say to you, if a scientist is already fully aware that he/she cannot publish a study apposing the IPCC’s views without being labeled a “skeptic”, blacklisted and thrown out of their cushy job. Then they already know they need to draw a conclusion BEFORE they begin a study. This is called Agenda-Driven-Science. They form a conclusion, go out and gather data, make observations, shape this data to fit their conclusion then “confirm” it with a climate model from the great USA’s full time modeling center funded by, you know who, this global warming-loving administration.
This isnt science folks, it is politics. This has been going on since the 90′s.
One day you all will pull your head out of the sand and realize this. But you are too invested to admit you believed a hoax. You will need the IPCC to stumble and falter. This is already happening.
Try climate Audit, and look into Judith Curry’s blogs to learn what the media simply refuses to report…just as they have done for 20 years.

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