Obama Mocks Climate Skeptics in Congress: ‘I’m Going to Just Pretend...I Can’t Read'

June 25, 2014 - 9:22 PM

President Obama at League of Conservation Voters dinner

President Obama received a rapturous reception at the League of Conservation Voters annual dinner in Washington on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Screenshot: White House video)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama on Wednesday mocked members of Congress who challenge man-made climate change, saying in many cases they really believe otherwise but don’t want to be run out of town by those who call it “a liberal plot.”

They say, ‘Hey, I’m not a scientist.’ Which really translates into, ‘I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I say so out loud I’ll be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that think science -- climate science is a liberal plot, so I’m going to just pretend like, I don’t know, I can’t read.’ ”

Obama said he wasn’t a scientist either, although he had access to “a bunch of scientists,” such as those at NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I’m not a doctor either, but if a bunch of doctors tell me that tobacco can cause lung cancer, then I’ll say okay. Right? I mean, it’s not that hard.”

Addressing a League of Conservation Voters (LCV) annual dinner in Washington, the president said, “It’s pretty rare that you encounter people who say that the problem of carbon pollution is not a problem.”

People may not grasp the issue fully, Obama said, “but generally they don’t just say, ‘No, I don’t believe anything that scientists say.’ Except – where? In Congress!”

“In Congress. Folks will tell you climate change is a hoax or a fad – or a plot. It’s a liberal plot!

“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 man-made climate change is real, but if I say so out loud I’ll be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements that think science– climate science is a liberal plot, so I’m going to just pretend like, I don’t know, I can’t read.’ ”

Obama’s appearance at the LCV event, where he received an fervent reception, came on the first anniversary of a speech at Georgetown University in which he unveiled his climate action plan.

In a more somber moment later in his remarks on Wednesday night, he said it was important to address people’s “legitimate economic concerns” about the costs of combating climate change.

“People don’t like gas prices going up. They don’t like electricity prices going up. And we ignore those very real and legitimate concerns at our peril,” he said.

“We’ve got to shape our strategies to speak to the very real and legitimate concerns of working families all across America. But we can do that. That’s the good news – we can do it.”