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Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:18 p.m. HST, Jun 14, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. >> 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.

"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.

"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."

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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DowntownGreen wrote:
Strange... That article has SOOO many of the triggers that the right wing extremists like to rail about, but the echo chamber apparently isn't up yet this morning. Maybe if someone shouted "BENGHAZI"...
on June 14,2014 | 08:35AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Only the Left will use phony science, manipulation, indoctrination, etc. etc. to promote their agenda and use legislation to slowly gain control in all parts of our lives. Government should protect us but not by false policies brought on by scare tactics. Also, anything put forth from Obama's Administration is just disingenuous.
on June 14,2014 | 09:21AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Yeah, right. You should stay out of peanutgallery's Kool-Aid...it'll rot your brain.
on June 14,2014 | 10:21AM
waikiicapt wrote:
Actually dude, you need to learn something besides reading your own ramblings. Go here http://wattsupwiththat.com/climategate/ and learn some real science. More importantly, read about how these IPCC scientist are lying to the world about everything they are doing. Not an accusation, but their own work revealed to anyone curious to read it all.
on June 14,2014 | 10:39AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Dude, I consistently read and have read as many "sides" of this as possible and the overwhelming evidence is that the accelerated rate of climate change is highly influenced by the actions of humans. I don't have any illusions that the conspiracy theorists are going to change their minds based on my postings or the facts, but it's weirdly interesting to watch them keep trying to justify their tin-foil hat musings. Knock yourself out.
on June 14,2014 | 11:34AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
DonwtownGreen- Who's peanutgallery? I see that the state run media Kool-Aid has manipulated your brain. Don't believe everything you read and only half of what you hear.
on June 14,2014 | 05:08PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Thanks for your advice, you should do the same. My opinions are based more on actual research and the science. I know to pay attention to the media, but not give it too much credence. The actual SCIENCE shows that the actions of humans are accelerating climate change. Believe what you like.

Regular participants in this forum know that accusations of "drinking the Kool-Aid" is the favorite taunt of peanutgallery, a regular gadfly in here that never offers a single source to back up his right-wing snark.

on June 14,2014 | 05:33PM
9ronboz wrote:
Pile of Manure
on June 14,2014 | 09:35AM
Tony96822 wrote:
Was going to comment by seems so many of my "fellow Americans" beat me to the punch. Thank you good citizens of the US.
on June 14,2014 | 10:20AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Is he all there? Is he still smoking?
on June 14,2014 | 10:28AM
LYD wrote:
Those grads will have plenty of time to combat global warming, er, climate change while sitting on mom and dad's sofa since they won't be able to find a job. Obama has given us Jimmy Carter's economy coupled with Richard Nixon's administration.
on June 14,2014 | 10:44AM
false wrote:
Thats the best comment of the day.
on June 14,2014 | 08:24PM
Paulh808 wrote:
The lemmings will follow, the rest will wonder how come there are no good jobs available to pay off those college (left wing blame America first indoctrination) loans. If people had common sense that would know a B.S. Huckster when they seen one. Liberals want God out of our lives so that they can worship their real God, phony man-made climate change (follow the money).
on June 14,2014 | 11:50AM
st1d wrote:
global warming models are loaded with outcome biased data full of "tricks" to assume manmade climate change.

computer models by definition are extremely limited in the data processed and cannot account for all changes and effects of weather.

on June 14,2014 | 12:36PM
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