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Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Sandy Dechert

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Climate Change Denial Is Big-Ticket & Futile, Says Obama

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June 11th, 2014 by  

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UPDATE: With its revealing predecessors from Tom Friedman of The New York Times, who broke the news, and Joe Romm of Climate Progress and Years of Living Dangerously, which broadcast the full interview last night, the article below blew the roof off Barack Obama’s current feelings about how the US should approach climate change.

However, a still-coy and quite jolly Hillary Clinton totally upstaged the President last night. In a one-hour ABC News prime-time special, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed Clinton about her new memoir, Hard Choices, being released today. The network broadcast occupied most people’s screens.

With a somewhat self-conscious chuckle, the President confided resignation toward those who still practice climate change denial. He also repeated an earnest hope that the balky might come to their senses. Here’s video of that part of the interview.

Obama: We Can’t Afford To Deny Climate Change (via Planetsave)

In a couple of hours, everyone in the United States with access to cable TV and Showtime can hear President Barack Obama say he favors making the energy industry absorb the real price of the carbon it introduces into earth’s atmosphere. In other words…

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  • http://www.planetexperts.com/ Carlos D. Aguirre

    You are right Mr. Obama. The changes are for all to see and are very visible.

  • Gary Purdum

    In the 70’s when respected “scientists” predicted that we would be living in the New Ice Age by 2000, I was called a nay sayer for not taking that crap at face value. Today I am again being called a nay sayer for questioning “man-made climate change”. OK, I get it. Two things I am sure of – 1. Climate will change- always has, always will and it will change for many complicated and, sometimes, independent reasons; and 2. The biggest “threat” facing this country today sits in the White House. Other than those two things, I don’t think we have a thing to worry about. I am somewhat skeptical of “scientists” who claim that they can predict with “statistical” certainty that the oceans will rise and that the temperature will increase some 30 years from now, but can’t seem to be able to “predict” with that same certitude that it will rain tomorrow or get tomorrows high temperature accurate to within 10 degrees.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Gary, you either don’t know the history of climate change science or you are intentionally misstating. Furthermore, you don’t understand the difference between climate and weather.

      My guess is that you’ve caught a bad case of climate change denier ignorance. If you’re interested in learning facts then let me suggest you take yourself to this site and read for a while.

      http://skepticalscience.com/argument.php

      Start with #11. That will let you see why your 1970s claim is incorrect.

    • A Real Libertarian

      I am somewhat skeptical of “scientists” who claim that they can predict with “statistical” certainty that the oceans will rise and that the temperature will increase some 30 years from now, but can’t seem to be able to “predict” with that same certitude that it will rain tomorrow or get tomorrows high temperature accurate to within 10 degrees.

      I am somewhat skeptical of “scientists” who claim that they can predict
      with “statistical” certainty that of the next 10,000 coin flips, approximately 5,000 will be heads and approximately 5,000 will be tails, but can’t seem to be able to “predict” with that same certitude that next one will be heads or the one after will be tails.

  • Sandy Dechert

    Thanks for your comments, Peter, Ross, and mtracy. Both of these other English-speaking leaders certainly do have differences with us…. My sense/hope is that the Pres will speak to Abbott about all the coal he’s sitting on in Queensland, NSW, and Victoria. As for Harper, a friend in BC notes that the pipelines aren’t all going his way just yet….

    • Sandy Dechert

      Also note, from CBC yesterday, also on the UNFCCC website: “IMF head [Christine Lagarde] says world must come to grips with climate change costs
      While Stephen Harper was congratulating Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday for ending a carbon tax, the head of the IMF was in Montreal urging energy powerhouses like Canada to come to grips with the economics of climate change.

  • Peter

    He is meeting the Tony Abbott the PM of Australia this week who is in the denier camp. The right wing coalition is preparing legislation which looks as though it will get through the senate and repeal the carbon tax.
    Abbott is not too keen to discuss climate change with the president.

    • Ross

      The President should make a point of raising it.

    • mtracy9

      Both Abbott of Australia and
      Harper of Canada are climate change
      deniers. Both are in the pockets of the
      fossil fuel industry.

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