Denying climate change is like saying the moon is made of cheese, argues Obama as he takes on global warming deniers at commencement speech

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President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday’s graduates of the University of California, Irvine.

Obama issued the call to the tens of thousands gathered at Angel Stadium even though he said Congress ‘is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence’ and say climate change is a hoax or fad.

Obama said others duck the question.

 Denying climate change is like saying the moon is made of cheese, argues Obama as he takes on global warming deniers at commencement speech

Commencement: President Obama spoke at the commencement address at University of California, Irvine, on Saturday

‘They say, “Hey, look, I’m not a scientist.” And I’ll translate that for you: what that really means is, “I know that manmade climate change really is happening but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot,’” he said.

Obama’s address to about 8,000 graduates from the Orange County campus comes two weeks after he announced a contentious plan to dramatically cut pollution from power plants.

Obama also used the address to announce a $1 billion competitive fund for communities who have experienced natural disasters to rebuild and prepare for the impact of extreme weather.

He described a political system consumed by ‘small things’ but said Americans should be determined to do ‘big things’ like addressing climate change, despite the type of opposition he faces from Congress.

‘There’s going to be a stubborn status quo and people determined to stymie your efforts to bring about change. There are going to be people who say you can’t do something. There are going to be people who say you shouldn’t bother trying. I’ve got some experience with this myself,’ Obama said.

Optimistic: Obama told the graduates they have a reason to be optimistic about their futures in America

Optimistic: Obama told the graduates they have a reason to be optimistic about their futures in America

‘It’s pretty rare that you’ll encounter somebody who says the problem you’re trying to solve simply doesn’t exist. When President Kennedy set us on a course to the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it,’ he continued.

‘But nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying the moon wasn’t there or that it was made of cheese,’ Obama said.

The president said today’s young dreamers are fed a steady diet of cynicism but argued they have a right to be optimistic.

‘Consider this: since the time most of you graduated from high school, fewer Americans are at war,’ Obama said. ‘More have health insurance. More are graduating from college. Our businesses have added more than nine million new jobs. And the number of states where you’re free to marry who you love has more than doubled. That’s just some of the progress you’ve seen.’

Janet:  The president sat with former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Obama administration to be the University of California president

Janet: The president sat with former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Obama administration to be the University of California president

While in Orange County, Obama also raised money for the Democratic National Committee at a closed-door fundraiser at the Laguna Beach home of Getty oil heiress Anne Earhart. About 25 people paid up to $32,400 to participate in a roundtable discussion with the president.

He’s spending the rest of the Father’s Day weekend on vacation at the Rancho Mirage home of White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos.


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  1. MG June 21, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

    AGW “global warming” is a SHAM that attempts to use pseudo-science to exploit the scientific ignorance of the general populace into accepting this nonsense which will no doubt involve the forfeiture of your money & freedoms.
    The fact that this Con Man in Chief continues to push this adds to its perceived danger in that Obama doesn’t waste time with non-jugular attacks against the American people.
    With his goal to “fundamentally change” America, which is code for “DESTROY”, he doesn’t want to waste a moment and isn’t!

  2. 5WarVeteran June 21, 2014 at 2:34 am - Reply

    This list of 659 Obama lies might place his “truth telling” into perspective.

    http://www.truthandaction.org/659-instances-lying-lawbreaking-corruption-cronyism-within-obama-admin/

    However the idea that in 2012 553,000 (that is five hundred fifty three thousand) SQUARE MILES of “new ice” grew that winter and since then we have had three
    polar vortexes. So you decide, believe Barry “whatever his name really is” Obama the man with up to 25 social security numbers and at least 10 aliases who is not genetically related to the Dunhams. Or not. Such a hard decision huh?

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