WASHINGTON — On the one-year anniversary of launching his climate action plan, President Barack Obama derided congressional opponents of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
In most communities across the U.S., Obama said, “it’s pretty rare that you encounter people who say that carbon pollution is not a problem.”
“Except,” he said, “in Congress.”
“In Congress, folks will tell you climate change is a hoax, or a fad, or a plot. It’s a liberal plot,” said Obama. “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 manmade climate change is real, but if I say so out loud, I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that thinks climate science is a liberal plot so I’m going to just pretend like, I don’t know, I can’t read.'”