Climate Change

Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Nicholas Brown


Obama Slams Climate Change Deniers During Commencement Speech

June 20th, 2014 by  

President Barack Obama recently attended a commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. With the students, he mentioned the cold, hard reality that there are many politicians that deny climate change’s existence altogether. This compromises climate change mitigation efforts (which is most likely their goal).

He mentioned that people didn’t deny the science behind space travel which was used to get to the moon, despite concerns that space travel would be too expensive. Yet today, ignorant politicians deny the vast majority of the scientific community’s conclusion that climate change is real. That marks a new-found lack of respect for science which is reminiscent of flat-Earthers.

As Obama said:

When President Kennedy … set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it … but nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying that the moon wasn’t there, or that it was made of cheese. Today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad.

Some others avoid the issue by asserting that they’re not scientists, which isn’t very helpful when they could simply listen to the scientists.

I don’t think travelling to the moon entailed a major change in the status quo, however, or threatened any industry’s profits. Do you? The mitigation of climate change of course does.

Several years ago, Republicans said they were skeptical of climate change mitigation efforts because they thought climate change was exaggerated, while others said it was because climate change is not anthropogenic (caused by humans). That didn’t stop many people from cutting back on gasoline and diesel purchases, as people would rather trust scientists than politicians. Therefore, they have started denying climate change altogether, citing varying reasons such as “it’s a hoax’, ‘a scam to make money,” and “another way to gain control of your life.”

Obama added:

I’m not a scientist either, but we’ve got some really good ones at NASA. I do know that the overwhelming majority of scientists who work on climate change, including some who once disputed the data, have put that debate to rest.

Stu Ostro is one senior meteorologist (not a climate scientist) at The Weather Channel who denied climate change and has now changed his mind, and admitted that he was just being stubborn. There are just a few people left who haven’t come around to reality. But some of those people are very rich and powerful.

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    It is sure, that from all of the religions he knows the Islam the best. The Islam is present in his family (his father, stepfather and their relative are musulmans) very strong, he was educated in Indonesian Islamic school for several years
    There are many proofs of his knowledge of Islam, most of them occur on his official visit and speeches in Islamic countries.
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  • Iain

    Lessons from history…the time has come to think anew of man’s relationship with nature.

    Interesting parallel to our Climate Change debate…beginning at the 07 minute :30 second portion of the film below…minus the pickle…

    PS. It happened as predicted.

  • one4All

    We need to STOP thinking bout this as a DEBATE when in fact it is more apt to describe what is going on as a WAR for the survival of Billions.
    There is a Campaign of WAR-TIME-LIKE Propaganda that is being paid for – to the tune of about a BILLION Dollars a Year – by the Fossil Fuel Industry to keep US from Demanding that our Government and Industries switch to CLEAN Energy before our Grandchildren’s FUTURE is burnt to ashes.

    • Bob_Wallace

      We also need to stop abusing capital letters. Let’s save some for our grandchildren to use….

      • Jim Seko


      • Calamity_Jean

        An occasional all-caps word in an otherwise entirely lower-case posting doesn’t seem unreasonable to me, since Disqus makes it difficult to learn what HTML codes are permitted. The CleanTechnica Comment Policy post should include this a link to Disqus’ HTML codes to discourage capitalizing words for emphasis. Here it is:

        • A Real Libertarian

          The CleanTechnica Comment Policy post should include this a link to Disqus’ HTML codes to discourage capitalizing words for emphasis.


  • andereandre

    Recently? Is this this the Cleantechnica Monthly?

  • Raffi256

    Obama can talk all he wants, but its not like his administration has done diddily squat about it. How about cutting off oil subsidies for starters?

    • Hey?

      He actually did try to cut about 2 billion in oil subsidies sometime around 2012. It was strongly rejected by republicans who despite being against taxes seem to think that americans should continue to give their tax dollars to some of the richest industries in world.

    • Bob_Wallace

      You been living in a cave or something?

      Raised the mileage requirements for vehicles. Extended them to SUVs and pickups. Set up requirements for large trucks for the first time ever.

      Set up subsidies for EVs and PHEVs.

      Bought a lot of EVs and PHEVs for both government and military use.

      Put the military on track to use a lot less petroleum and more biofuels. That includes solar for forward bases rather than diesel generators.

      Got a bunch of inefficient cars off the road with Cash for Clunkers. (The original reason for that spending was to keep car dealerships from going under. Tweaked it to get a lot of gas guzzlers crushed.)

      It’s not within PBO’s power to eliminate oil subsidies. That takes legislation from Congress.

    • Benjamin Nead

      Yeah, Raffi, I think you might want to monitor the daily news with a bit more care and vigor. The real enemy to progress in this country is all those Tea Party hillbillies who managed to take over the House of Representatives after the 2010 election. Note, though, that Obama is finally using some of his executive privileges to go around Congress for some of his most recent environmental initiatives. But it’s won’t be as easy going as it was when he had both houses with majorities on his side during the first half of his first term.

    • J_JamesM

      Who died and made him Dictator?

  • vensonata

    I have to say, I have never in my 60 years encountered such a bizarre social phenomenon as climate change denial. There has been all kinds of lunacy and vested interests, but these deniers really take the cake…even the denial of the american moon landing was less of a stretch.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Not quite old enough to remember the Flat Earth Society?

      • andereandre

        If only the schools had been permitted to teach the controversy,..

        • Bob_Wallace

          I think mine did.

          We certainly didn’t learn anything about men coming from monkeys….

  • IMPOed

    Years ago this was not a political issue, there was bi-partisan agreement that climate change was a problem, remember the ozone deterioration caused by CFCs? Our political leaders came together and passed legislation to address the problem and it is working. The Koch Bros. and their ilk politicized man made climate change and now what?
    Greed is a terrible thing to waste, eh Chuck?

    • Jim Seko

      Actually, conservative did put up a fight when it came to banning CFCs.

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