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Obama Targets Climate Change Doubters

President Barack Obama and student Jacqueline Rodriguez flash the symbol of the school mascot
President Barack Obama and student Jacqueline Rodriguez flash the symbol of the school mascot "Anteaters" of the University of California, Irvine, in Anaheim, June 14, 2014.
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U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday took aim at congressional Republicans and others who dispute climate change, as he issued a call to action on global warming during a commencement speech at the University of California, Irvine.

The president told graduating students Saturday that Congress "is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence." He likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told President John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.”

Obama's address to about 8,000 graduates comes two weeks after he announced a plan to dramatically cut pollution from power plants.

Obama also used the appearance to announce the creation of a $1 billion competitive fund for states and communities affected by severe weather. He said the funds would be awarded to state and local authorities with the most innovative plans for rebuilding in a way that protects against future disasters.

Some information for this report comes from AP.

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by: Scott neuman from: Toms River, NJ
June 17, 2014 11:12 PM
The $1B is coming from a HUD fund that was set aside for Sandy victims. That money is still needed in NJ and NY. Just drive through our shore area if don't believe me. It's like a wasteland in parts of the Jersey Shore.
ScottNeumanforCongress.com 4th CD NJ

by: Tibor from: Germany
June 16, 2014 1:02 PM
I wonder what has happened to the snow caps of Mars than. Perhaps Obama knows the answer Mars warming? So be prepared for Mars taxes as well...

by: Patrick from: California
June 15, 2014 3:20 AM
Confusing to know the truth, but pumping all that ancient carbon into the atmosphere must have some effects, we should focus on a more sustainable energy, is this the best we can do, bicker bicker
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 16, 2014 3:28 AM
Well said Patrick! That's all we get from our so-called leaders on all sides of the fence! Nowadays, asking a politician "what time is it?" will get you a lot of finger-pointing and partisan bashing. Good grief, man, I only asked you what the time was! Improving our energy sources should be part of a natural cycle of human development, regardless. BTW, as a little side dish of opinion, our last geological stage was the Ice Age, correct? If coming out of the Ice Age means the world has to warm up, then who can say when our world has reached it's peak of warming, like a geological equinox? Is it high tide with global warming, or is the tide still coming in? If the tide is rising, can Obama be our neo-Noah and build us a global warming ark? Maybe, but he is having more fun bashing repulicans than finding an articulate way to get us all working together. Same to be said for the republicans.

by: Jack from: beltway, dc
June 14, 2014 11:30 PM
Obama is to America what a hole in the boat was to the Titanic.

Cept he's been playin' at Capt'n for six years while blamin' the iceberg for all his problems.

by: JohnnyYuma from: los Angeles
June 14, 2014 10:58 PM
Is this guy for real? How many days left before he leaves office?

by: Jemelyn Lorenzo from: Philippines
June 14, 2014 10:29 PM
Nice one president
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by: John Johnson
June 15, 2014 11:42 AM
Zingers are about all this president can do. I can't wait for the day when all you global warming clowns are proven wrong. Besides, what's the alternative? A new ice age with a mile of ice covering NYC again? None of these man-made global warming jokers can explain how the earth warmed up after the "little ice age" when there were no giant factories. Or for that matter why Mars warmed up at the same time as the earth. A true scientist would welcome doubt and discussion. These man-made global warming Nazis remind me of Soviet 'scientist' Lysenko, who was later discredited. From wikipedia, "In 1964, physicist Andrei Sakharov spoke out against Lysenko in the General Assembly of the Academy of Sciences:

He is responsible for the shameful backwardness of Soviet biology and of genetics in particular, for the dissemination of pseudo-scientific views, for adventurism, for the degradation of learning, and for the defamation, firing, arrest, even death, of many genuine scientists.[17]
Aside from the murder and arrest, the man-made climate change zombies remind me a lot of him.

by: Bill Thompson from: Houston
June 14, 2014 10:07 PM
Mr. President...first it was man made global warming and when that wasn't getting you anywhere it's switched to climate change with the man made implied not spoken. There is not one Republican or American for that matter that doubts climate change PERIOD! It's the idea of blaming "MAN" as the root cause that Republicans and beyond don't agree with. You sir are not a good man and instead of focusing on the real killer of the USA, the National Debt and the budget, your ADD is distracting you and your all over the place. Wake up Republicans and Democrats, this November and in 2016 lets get rid of all rhinos and vote in new blood for a change. Bring God back in both party platforms in function not just on paper.

by: Mike j from: Nc
June 14, 2014 10:01 PM
How in the world did so many people vote for this idiot? What fools

by: montecarlo from: ny
June 14, 2014 9:54 PM
Ok he is flashing satanic symbols and the call it anteater symbols yeah right the only reason there is climate change or global warming which by the way isnt so warm in ny is they use geo engineering to manipulate weather for there global agenda he gave the speech at UN in 2009 said he will do it bit he got more plans dont worry he aint done yet

by: Ancalimon from: US
June 14, 2014 9:39 PM
Obama is so intent on making enemies. If he truly believes in man-made 'climate change' (what happened to global warming?) Then he should take steps to mitigate its effects, not beat us over the head with unproven allegations that it is indeed man made. This earth is in constant flux as far as the climate is concerned and will always be until we are able to control the weather technologically.

Now what I am reading is that the only thing keeping the earth from warming up further is the soot in the atmosphere that China's coal fired electric plants have been emitting. But now China is about to clean up the emissions, and then what? Will Obama's 'fix' actually help now or will it make things worse?
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