Obama on Climate Change: 'I'm Not a Scientist, But I Know a Lot of Scientists'
At a DNC fundraiser in Portland last night, President Obama mocked the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for wielding a snowball on the floor of the upper chamber to make a point about climate change.
“Despite a long list of unsubstantiated global warming claims, climate activists and environmental groups will cling to any extreme-weather related headline to support their case for global warming and to instill the fear of global warming in the American people,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in February, armed with a ball of icy white stuff.
“President Obama is using a similar tactic in order to scare Americans into supporting his extreme climate change agenda. In a recent interview, President Obama agreed that the media overstates the dangers of terrorism while downplaying the risks of climate change. His press secretary, Josh Earnest, later reiterated that President Obama believes climate change affects far more Americans than terrorism,” he continued. “According to the President, the biggest challenge we face IS NOT the spread of Muslim extremists in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen or Nigeria.”
After flying out to the ballroom of about 300 people paying $33,400 each, Obama took a dig at Inhofe.
"We're going to have to tackle climate change. We've got some folks in the center right now who think because we get a snowy day, they bring in snowballs into the chambers and think that's science," he quipped as the audience laughed. "I'm not a scientist, but I know a lot of scientists. I can understand science. And what the science says is that our planet is warming in such a way that it is going to increase drought, and it is going to increase wildfires, and it is going to displace millions of people around this planet, and increase the severity of floods and hurricanes, and it will cost lives and it will cost our way of life, and it could affect the incredible natural bounty that Oregon represents. And that's not the kind of America I want to pass on to our kids and our grandkids."
"That's why we're taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution that's produced from power plants. It's the right thing do."
Obama promised "there are jobs to be had for those countries that are first to figure out how to harness the power of the sun and the wind, and store it properly and distribute it properly."
"And I want that to be America," he added.
Obama said that after all he's accomplished in office "people say, Mr. President, no wonder you look so old."
"And they ask you, how do you just keep at it every day? And I tell them, at least once a day I meet people who, because of the work that we did, have seen their lives transformed," he said. "...The young man in college who comes to me and says, you know, as a gay teen, I was bullied and thought about suicide, and seeing all the changes that have taken place and the recognition and the acceptance and the love that we've seen sweep across this country has made such a big difference in my life. That's why I don't get tired, because I want that young man to feel loved."