President Obama on Wednesday mocked members of Congress who challenge man-made climate change, saying in many cases they really believe otherwise but don’t want to be run out of town by those who call it “a liberal plot.”
Addressing a League of Conservation Voters (LCV) annual dinner in Washington, he said, “It’s pretty rare that you encounter people who say that the problem of carbon pollution is not a problem.”
People may not grasp the issue fully, Obama said, “but generally they don’t just say, ‘No, I don’t believe anything that scientists say.’ Except – where? In Congress!”
“In Congress. Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad – or a plot. It’s a liberal plot!
“And then most recently, because, many who say that actually know better and they’re just embarrassed, they duck the question. They say, ‘Hey, I’m not a scientist.’
“Which really translates into, ‘I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I say so out loud I’ll be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that think science- climate science is a liberal plot, so I’m going to just pretend like, I don’t know, I can’t read.’ ”
Obama said he wasn’t a scientist either, although he had access to “a bunch of scientists,” such as those at NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“I’m not a doctor either, but if a bunch of doctors tell me that tobacco can cause lung cancer, then I’ll say okay. Right? I mean, it’s not that hard.”
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